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Imaging referrals

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Contributor(s):

Fraser McConnell


Introduction

  • Greater caseloads managed by the general veterinary practitioner - together with client's increasing demands for more sophisticated treatment for their pet - have increased the number of cases referred for second opinion in recent years.
  • Referrals can also be an important component of client management. A difficult client who is unwilling to accept that there is no appropriate treatment for their pet may be happy to accept the same answer from a recognized 'specialist'.
  • There are many clinical indications for referral:
    • Once a diagnosis has been made for:
      • Treatment requiring a specific piece of equipment which cannot be practically retained in general practice, eg radiotherapy Radiotherapy.
      • A specific procedure (usually surgical) which requires specialist expertise.
    • Where the diagnosis remains uncertain after investigation in the practice for:
      • A second opinion on results and findings already obtained.
      • Further investigation using more specialized equipment not available to the general practitioner.
  • These indications apply to imaging referrals as well as general referrals.
  • Specific imaging referrals also include schemes for hereditary disease screening, eg Hip dysplasia dogs Hip: dysplasia and polycystic kidney disease (PKD) Kidney: polycystic disease.

Radiology referrals

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MR referrals

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