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Postgraduate Course: Abdominal Imaging (VESC11268)

Course Outline
SchoolRoyal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course will provide the diagnostic imaging approach to the canine and feline abdomen, focusing on the major organ systems: hepatobiliary, gastrointestinal, urogenital, lymphatics as well as the peritoneal, retroperitoneal cavity, perineum and pelvic canal; with emphasis on radiography and ultrasonography. The interpretation principles, normal anatomy, and variants, as well as important imaging features of abdominal disease will be covered.
Course description This five-week course will cover the diagnostic imaging interpretation principles, normal anatomy and variants, as well as important imaging features of abdominal disease of the major organ systems.

This may include:
- Basic interpretation of abdominal radiography and ultrasonography, including normal variants and anatomy
- Radiographic and ultrasonographic interpretation of the hepatobiliary, gastrointestinal, urogenital and lymphatic systems.
- Radiographic and ultrasonographic interpretation of the peritoneal and retroperitoneal cavity.
- Radiographic and ultrasonographic features of perineal, pelvic canal, and abdominal wall abnormalities.
- The basic and main applications of advanced imaging of the abdomen focusing on important imaging features of pertinent abdominal pathologies
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate the ability to recognise normal radiographic features of the canine and feline abdomen.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to recognise the general abnormalities that most commonly affect small animals, involving the hepatobiliary, gastrointestinal, urogenital, lymphatic systems as well as peritoneal and retroperitoneal space.
  3. Apply basic interpretation principles to interpret and recognise acute abdominal emergency cases.
  4. Apply basic principles and applications of advanced abdominal imaging (Computed Tomography) and other modalities.
Reading List
The course reading list will be provided via the University¿s Resource List service and a link will be provided on the Learn course. A maximum of three essential reading items will be given each week with further reading as required. Additional resources will be provided, making full use of university electronic library, Learn, Media Hopper and other online resources. Other support material will be available through external open-access websites.

Reading may include the following sources and all sources will be provided for students on the course.
- Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging 7th Edition; Edited by Donald E. Thrall
- Atlas of Small Animal Ultrasonography 2nd Edition; Edited by Dominique Penninck and Marc-André d'Anjou
- BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Imaging 1st Edition, Edited by Robert O¿Brien and Frances Barr
- BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ultrasonography 1st Edition, Edited by Frances Barr and Lorrie Gaschen
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Provide details of the Graduate Attributes and Skills provided by the course

- Enquiry and lifelong-learning to pursue further skills in more advanced abdominal imaging.
- Aspiration and personal development to further knowledge and expertise in general practice
- Active communication with peers on line collaborative discussions.
KeywordsAbdominal imaging,abdomen,ultrasound,radiography,computed tomography,hepatobiliary
Course organiserProf Brendan Corcoran
Tel: (0131 6)50 6070
Course secretaryMs Linda Pollock
Tel: (0131) 650 6149
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