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TPLO X-ray Instructions

Your positioning technique will be important when obtaining TPLO radiographs. Having a correct TPLO radiograph is necessary in order to accurately measure the slope of the tibial plateau.

Taking a correct TPLO radiograph is not difficult. It just requires the knowledge of a few simple details:

  • Sedation or anesthesia are typically required to get a truly accurate shot. I will still sometimes get useable TPLO x-rays without sedation.
  • Lateral view of the stifle: (*=very important)
    1. *Both the stifle joint and the hock must be in the shot.
    2. *The femur and tibia need to be at right angles to one another
    3. The tibia and metatarsals need to be at right angles to one another.
    4. Include only on leg in the radiograph and columnate the light field.
    5. To get a true lateral, it helps to rotate the hock up off the table slightly so the stifle can drop down closer to the table.
  • AP of the stifle
    1. Include both the stifle and the hock.

SIGNS OF A GREAT TPLO X-RAY

Lateral

The femur and tibia, and tibia and metatarsals are all at right angles to one another. The fabella and the femoral condyles are superimposed on themselves.

AP

The entire stifle and hock are included in the shot. The patella is centered and the fabella are equally split by the corresponding femoral cortex.
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Here are some examples of an acceptable lateral TPLO shot

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