In the Penn-hip/OFA thread I mentioned that other countries require multiple elbow views. I talked to my breeder friend, of Labs, in Sweden yesterday. Here is her response to what they do:
"Yes Sue, we require two radiographs for certification. This is probably why we don't wait until the age of two.
The flexed lateral view (the only one mandatory for OFA) basically allows examination of secondary changes in ED. The fact that some of the crucial areas are overlaid by other structures makes them difficult to examine. This view does not pick up early changes and is not as reliable as the craniocaudal view which reveals evidence of primary disease which canot be identified on the lateral view. It also enables confirmation of secondary abnormalities. Some years ago, there was an interesting study by the GDC, whose goal was international harmonization on the matter, but..."
So, interesting. In the 20 years my lines have been tested (since elbows started getting looked at) of the dogs that have been tested, very few have failed elbows. Since my dogs are under sedation for x-rays, I will be doing the craniocaudal view too, for my information. The elbow is such a complex joint for numerous reasons, I'd like to keep track of what I get.
Any vets have thoughts on this? Do we have any radiologists on the list?
I know this is not technically training stuff...but is important for the health of our dogs.