tacks, barium, flat lead wire, play doh

Lavinia Fiscaletti

Hi Debra,

Have you had a read of this document:



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Debra, everyone has their favorite markers. I ended up with sticky dots used in human medical imaging. The dots I bought have extra glue and stayed on well. Spee-D-Mark SDM-HBB15... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IKC9LUU

In my hoof photos for Cayuse you can see a hoof marked showing the dots at the coronary band and tip of the frog. My vet has his own 5 cm marker for the face of the hoof wall. That will give you a scale on the hoof. 
Cass for Cayuse (PPID/IR) and Diamond (IR)
Sonoma County, Calif. Oct. '12

Cayuse Case History                Cayuse Photos
Diamond Case History              Diamond Photos


So with the first set of x-rays I had done I asked my vet about play doh in the soles (she said no need to use for dorsal & lateral images) and she only placed a 1" metal piece dorsally on the hoof wall. Having looked at a number of other folks' x-rays I can see the value of better markings. 

I'd like to know what would the reviewers see as the ideal set of x-rays, how can I help my vet to produce  the best possible images? Smeared barium paste could be problematic, some worry about tacks in frogs. What about threading it horizontally vs. pushing it up into the frog? How about this Hareline Lead Wire Spool to go from coronet down dorsal wall and wrap around to tip of the frog?

Debra & Sierra