I started my practice here in beautiful Troy, Ohio in the late 1970′s and it wasn’t long before I did my first hip x-ray. Initially, I did what everyone else did: I gave the dog general anesthetic in order to take the x-rays. Twice the dog failed. The owner of the dog, an employee at my hospital, begged me to do the films for a third time and promised he would control the head of the dog if I would take them without a sedative or anesthesia.
Reluctantly, I agreed. The film was submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals for a third time and lo, and behold, he passed!
I then went back and compared the three films we had taken and that’s when I realized the importance of precise positioning in order to get an accurate evaluation and grade.
In the years since, I have fine-tuned my technique to what I feel results in the best possible positioning. I use a radiolucent tray to provide greater support and stability for the dog during the radiograph. I position the dog’s hips, a technician runs the equipment and the owner/handler controls the head. I have found great success and consistent results with this approach and only on a small percentage of x-rays is a sedative required.
Word spread and in an average year, I do 300 to 400 hip radiographs. These films have been submitted to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (O.F.A.), the Ontario Veterinary College (O.V.C.), PennHIP, and USA/SV A-Stamp.
I also offer a consulting service for owners/handlers who would like my opinion on the positioning of hip radiographs taken elsewhere, whether they have been submitted to an official body for evaluation or not. If you would like more information about this service, please click here.
In order to understand the vital importance of my Precise Position Technique™, I have produced a DVD to show the wide variation one encounters due to the positioning of the dog’s hips. In the beginning I show the dog perfectly positioned and the dog receives an excellent OFA rating. Then I show numerous ways I can cause the dog to get a lower grade or even fail when the OFA required position is not precisely followed. Order your copy now for $33.98 plus tax and shipping/handling by contacting us.