Step into our radiography department for World Radiography Day 2022

Springer Spaniel sitting on x-ray table

Springer Spaniel Duke pictured on the table in one of our x-ray rooms, where many patients come to have radiographs taken pre and postoperatively.

8th November is World Radiography Day and marks the day when x-rays were first discovered in 1895.

Since then, x-rays have gone on to become an integral and indispensable diagnostic tool in modern-day medicine and have given rise to all sorts of innovative imaging modalities, including CT (computed tomography), MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and ultrasound.

Here at Fitzpatrick Referrals, the large majority of our patients will require at least one of these imaging techniques to diagnose their condition and subsequently ensure that they receive the most appropriate and effective treatment.


Krispy the whippet came to us after suffering a trauma to his left forelimb. X-rays revealed a fracture at the left distal radius and ulna which was fixed using a plate and screws. X-rays were also taken postoperatively to check the position of the metalwork and to ensure the broken bones were back in alignment.

X-ray of fracture of the left distal radius and ulna fixed using plates and screws

Pre and postoperative radiographs of Krispy’s left distal radius and ulna fracture.


We saw Sidney the dachshund as an emergency after he had suddenly lost the use of his back legs. An urgent MRI was done of the spine to see if there was anything impinging the spinal cord which would inhibit the neurological signals from Sidney’s brain reaching his hind limbs. The MRI showed a disc extrusion at the level of the L3/L4 vertebrae with disc material in the spinal canal. Sidney was taken straight to theatre so the disc material could be removed and the spine decompressed.

MRI scan of a dog with a disc extrusion at L3/L4 vertebrae

Sidney’s MRI scan showing a disc extrusion at the level of the L3/L4 vertebrae with disc material in the spinal canal.


Lottie the boxer came in with ongoing spinal pain and discomfort. Initial investigations and imaging diagnosed Lottie with a degenerative spinal condition which had led to malformations of the bony vertebrae in the thoracic spine. Lottie underwent surgery to relieve pressure on her spinal cord and the spine between T7 and T11 was re-aligned and stabilised using pins and cement. A postoperative CT was performed to look at the spinal column in cross-section and check the pins were anchored into the bone of the vertebral bodies and not in the spinal cord itself.

Postoperative CT scan of dog's spine showing pins stabilising the spine

Postoperative CT scan of Lottie’s spine to check the pins stabilising her spine were correctly positioned.

Wishing everyone (in particular all radiology departments, both human and veterinary) a very happy World Radiography Day.

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