Course code Vete4077

Credit points 2

Radiology I

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures16

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes24

Independent study hours40

Date of course confirmation22.11.2017

Responsible UnitClinical Institute

Course developers

author Klīniskais institūts

Armands Vekšins

Dr. med. vet.

author lect.

Evija Eihvalde

Mg. med. vet.

Prior knowledge

Vete2013, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals I

Vete2014, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals II

Vete2015, Anatomy of the Domestic Animals III

Vete4110, Clinical and Laboratory Diagnostics I

Vete6022, Physiology I

Vete6023, Physiology II

Course abstract

Study course Radiology I instructs ionizing radiation usage in a veterinary medicine and different diagnostic imaging machine structure and equipment usage.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

Knowledges: on ionizing radiation, of basic principles and knowledge’s of x-ray machines, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and ultrasonography. Assessment – three tests.
Skills: first day skills to work with X-ray machine, ultrasonography, computed tomography; apply dosimeters in practical work; analyze radiograms. Assessment – at practical works.
Competence: to understand the issues of radiation safety, to choose the diagnostic method. Assessment at three tests and practical works.

Course Content(Calendar)

1. Introduction. History. Ionizing radiation – types, source, detection, application. Radiation units, dosage. X-ray beam usage in medicine/veterinary medicine. Ionization impact to human and animal body, dosimetry and values. Radiation safety – 6 h lectures, 8 h laboratory works. One test.
2. Digital radiography, basic concept of making radiograph film blackness and opacity, artefacts. Invasive radiology – angiography, fluoroscopy, introduction of radiotherapy. Computed tomography – introduction, detector system, reconstructions, parameters, artefacts, position. Magnetic resonance – basic principles. Contrast media –
5 h lectures, 8 h laboratory works. One test.
3. Ultrasonography – introduction, ultrasound, reconstructions. Small animal, equine and large animal ultrasonography – 5 h lectures, 8 h laboratory works. One test.

Requirements for awarding credit points

Successfully completed three tests.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

Students should read scientific papers which is given by lecturer.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Student skills are assessed in accordance with the procedures specified in the tasks of the practical work.
The study course tests are evaluated in accordance with the criteria of the 10 point system scale indicated in the LLU Study Regulations.
To pass the study course all tests should be successfully completed.

Compulsory reading

1. Brien R., Barr F. BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Imaging. UK: British Small Animal veterinary Association, 2012. 252 p.
2. Barr F., Kirberger R. BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Musculoskeletal Imaging. UK: British Small Animal veterinary Association, 2006. 286 p.
3. Holloway A., McConnell. BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Radiography and Radiology. UK: British Small Animal veterinary Association, 2013. 392 p.
4. Clinical radiology of the horse. J.A. Butler ... [et al.]. 3rd ed. Oxford, UK; Ames, Iowa: Willey-Blackwell, 2008. 748 p.
5. Thrall D.E. Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology. 6th Edition. USA: Elsevier, 2013. 845 p.

Further reading

Periodicals and other sources

LLU Fundamentālās bibliotēkas datu bāzes


Compulsory course of study program Veterinary medicine, 6th semester. Seminars is in academic groups.