Rumour has it some people have actually studied nothing but this book (on top of having the pre-requisite amount of hours working under a veterinarianRumour has it some people have actually studied nothing but this book (on top of having the pre-requisite amount of hours working under a veterinarian of course) and passed the boards with no problem. Take it in pieces, or you'll find yourself dozing. Of course until you see the picture of a poor woman who didn't watch her step and the result of a horse nipping her booby! Ouch. That is permanently burned into my retina....more
This book is VERY good! I've glanced at others in the past but haven't found one this good. It gives you all the positional terminology you need to knThis book is VERY good! I've glanced at others in the past but haven't found one this good. It gives you all the positional terminology you need to know and diagrams on how to shoot them, troubleshooting with exposure, artifacts (the static electricity shot is beautiful!) and other "wtf moments" you might be lucky to see. This book laid it all out, and believe me, I spent too many hours turning pages, sketching, taking notes... I was obsessed and grateful this was part of our required reading. I wanted to be the best at taking x-rays, and this book ranks among the top.
I absolutely loved radiology class and later taking and developing x-rays! I devoured this book, and enjoyed it so much people used to always pass off x-raying to me. Fun, fascinating, and one of the greatest feelings ever is adjusting a machine, manually developing a film (old tank style or the new processors) and waiting to see what you get. Once you get the art down, the science of it all draws you in deeper.
(Don't forget to read and re-read the safety tips as well!)
I loved trying to make a guess or spot something, and then have a doctor spell out every time what it really was and learn each time while making mental notes. While we can't diagnose as vet techs, we can make guesses and it helps your ability to spot things you may want to focus on in case your print isn't as good as it could be.
I think a lot of students are nervous at first with trying to determine what is what, so without being really involved with the learning process (and knowing some basic anatomy to use as markers) you'll miss out on getting the most from it. I think the most helpful diagram for some in the book is the body shown x-rayed and the organs labeled. Once you get this down, you'll be a happier, more confident technician.
You'll see the weird and abnormal foreign objects (some that make clients blush with embarrassment... yes, use your imagination -- dogs swallow everything!) and sometimes you'll develop for someone else and see several small skeletal figures inside your main patient's abdominal area -- babies! Other times you take x-rays and they are just standard, but never boring. With it comes heart ache too, and one image could lead to an unforeseeable unhappy end, but many images can lead to hopeful recoveries. If you are a vet tech, you'll gain this experience and ability to make the best pictures possible which only means the best outcome either way for your patients.
I carried this book with me until I was comfortable enough just to jot down some memos in a small pocket book (positional terminology, simple formulas, etc. as my security blanket), and then finally I felt ready to do it without any aid. Some people are just naturally go getters, I'm the cautious type and I'd rather be the idiot holding the book or looking up references instead of assuming and making a mistake. This was a great book that made me fall in love with radiology AND make me feel competent....more
This is an A-Z guide of most of the veterinary terminology you'll need, and it serves one goal: cram fest. Learn them quick, and try to retain them liThis is an A-Z guide of most of the veterinary terminology you'll need, and it serves one goal: cram fest. Learn them quick, and try to retain them like a sponge! Split into chapters dealing with different parts of the body you'll find the key words, and some small things to help like you learn the words such as filling in the blanks, cross words, and other such activities. At the end you'll find the complete A-Z guide, and pretty soon you'll be amazed at how much you understand in real world conversations between dentists, doctors, and of course your own veterinarians. Not to mention, it makes watching medical shows more interesting (especially House M.D.!)
I liked this very much as a book on the go, it was required reading for my class, but it may be dated as far as what they have now in terms of books and media to help you learn. If you want a simple book this is the way go but if you want something interactive or visual, you should look elsewhere....more