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When were x-rays used in veterinary medicine?

In 1923, the Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, received its first X-ray machine. In the 1930s, most veterinary colleges had diagnostic X-ray equipment; fluoroscopes were used by many veterinarians in private practice. Veterinarians here at Elizabeth Street Veterinary Clinic were among the first in the UK to use X-rays for diagnostic purposes. Safer methods are used today, including special training and clothing for professionals that use the least amount of radiation to reduce exposure, and modern X-ray machines that emit radiation only while taking an image. X-ray machines send individual X-ray particles through the body, and these images are recorded on film or, more recently, on computer systems.

In internal medicine, surgery and dentistry, these rays were of great value in veterinary practice as a diagnostic aid, but until recently their importance and value in veterinary medicine and surgery practice has received little recognition. Articles on veterinary radiology appeared as early as 1896, only one year after the discovery of the X-ray image. Trained veterinary scientists have unfortunately not made a concerted effort to apply X-rays in the investigation and diagnosis of animal pathology. During dental and orthopedic operations, X-rays are taken at various intervals to guide the surgeon. In dental surgery, X-rays can help determine which teeth need to be removed and in which areas there is bone loss.

In 1896, not long after Wilhelm Röntgen’s discovery, three college students in North Carolina convinced a janitor to let them into a physics lab, where they took X-rays of various objects, resulting in the first X-ray image in North America. It had not yet become clear how harmful repeated exposure to X-rays could be, and the hands of the assistants were often captured by the X-ray. But nuclear medicine facilities for animals are still rare “usually limited to veterinary university clinics, Dr. The veterinary profession of recent years has become X-ray aware and rightly so as there is an important necessary useful field for its use in veterinary medicine.

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