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Use of radiography in small animal practice in the UK and Republic of Ireland in 2013
  1. Naomi J Booth,
  2. Samuel J Morley and
  3. Richard S Ewers
  1. School of Veterinary Medicine & Science, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK
  1. E-mail for correspondence; richard.ewers{at}


Radiography is an essential diagnostic tool in small animal practice. A major transition is currently underway from film screen to digital systems. However, there is limited published research detailing the use of radiography in practices in the UK and Republic of Ireland (ROI). The study aimed to describe the uptake of digital radiographic systems, wider aspects of radiographic practice and use of other diagnostic imaging techniques in the UK and ROI. This is a cross-sectional study using paper and online questionnaires. Veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and veterinary radiographers working in small animal practice in the UK and ROI were eligible to participate in the survey. Seventy-five per cent of respondents worked in practices using digital radiography systems. Cost appeared to be the largest barrier to digital conversion. Chemical restraint was used on 86 per cent of cases; however, 3 per cent of cases were reported to be restrained by hand. Thirty-one per cent of respondents had not received specific training in radiation safety. Ultrasonography is reportedly now widely utilised on a regular basis. These results provide useful information on the use of radiography and additional diagnostic imaging techniques in the UK. These results should be used to indicate future training requirements, particularly to improve radiation safety.

  • radiation safety
  • radiography
  • diagnostic imaging
  • X-ray techniques
  • veterinary profession
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  • Funding None declared.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Ethics approval Ethical approval for the project was granted by the ethics research committee of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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