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Saturday, 21 May 2011

Help ! X-ray images are disappointing.

  1. Blame the x-ray machine.
  2. Blame the x-ray processor.
  3. Blame the equipment supplier..

Before you do any more blaming perhaps a little detective work nearer to home would be helpful.
             Problem                                      Possible Solution
  •  Is the image too light or too dark? :Under or over-exposed. Focal distance too high or low
  • Scratches on Image: Check for chemical crystals on the roller system.
  • Dark areas around edge of exposed film:.Film exposed to light prior to x-ray
  • Blank film emerges from processor: Check level of developer within processor
  • Black film emerges from processor;Over exposed or film exposed to light before inserting into cassette.

Still got problems?
Derscribe what is happening .Advise me what equipment you are using and hopefully we can help.
Queries to

Sunday, 15 May 2011

Buying the right equipment to suit your needs.

This is a real problem area for the veterinary profession as a wrong decision now will be a source of anxiety and anger for as long as the equipment is in your practise.
So how do you make the choice?.
  1. Price
  2. Specifications
  3. Suitability
  4. Physical size
  5. Back up service
  6. Reference from colleague.
  7. Review
  8. Good sales pitch
  9. Warranty
  10. Clarity as to what exactly is being offered.
  11. What ifs.
  12. Support and training.
  13. Delivery and installation
  14. Relationship with supplier.
  15. Your expectations post sale.
All of the above bullet points need to be addressed.Failure to investigate properly can be a costly error so the best advice is to research properly and not rely on price criteria.
Pat Kavanagh

Sunday, 8 May 2011

Small Animal Ultrasound Seminar/Workshop

Acravet Ltd in conjunction with Dr Paul Brazzell will present a two day seminar/workshop on small animal abdominal ultrasound scanning in the DSPCA campus Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham Dublin 16 on 22nd and 23rd June 2011.
The course includes ultrasound training as well as discussion of the business and marketing of veterinary ultrasonography.
Day 1:
  •  Image optimisation and knobology.How to use ultrasound features and tools.
  • Basic Physics and artifacts.How to use artifacts to your advantage.
  • Full abdominal ultrasound scanning protocol. A routine for smooth scanning.
  • Basic abdominal ultrasound (hands on) Liver. Gall Bladder.Spleen,Kidneys,Urinary, Bladder and Prostate.

Day 2:
  • Emergency Ultrasonography .The 5 minute exam in the E.R. patient using the four quadrant approach.
  • Ultrasound guided fine needle aspirates and Tru Cut biopsies.Techniques and limitations
  • Advanced Abdominal Ultrasound,Gastrointestinal tract,lymph nodes,Pancreas,Adrenal glands, Great vessels and Biliary outflow tract,
  • The business of Veterinary ultrasound

Course notes will be provided and CPD points  available.Participants may bring  their own machine for practical sessions but a range of scanners will be available for use  each day.

Dr Paul Brazzell  DVM is a 1988 graduate of the University of Saskatchewan Western College of veterinary medicine.He practiced privately for over 15 years in small animal referral practices that he built and owned before pursuing his passion for ultrasound full time.He has over 20 years experience in veterinary practice and has incorporated ultrasound into general ,emergency.referral,and mobile ultrasonography practices.
He offers a unique perspective on the business and marketing of ultrasound.
Dr Brazzell teaches ultrasound at Western Veterinary College in Pomona,CA.He also provides in hospital and seminar based abdominal and cardiac ultrasound  education to veterinarians in Canada and the U.S
He is co-owner.Vice President and General Manager of Canadian Veterinary Imaging Inc.
For further details contact :
Pat Kavanagh  Mobile :087 2503629 or e-mail
or click on the following link to register online.