cod. 14539

Academic year 2023/24
3° year of course - Second semester
Professor responsible for the course unit
GNUDI Giacomo
integrated course unit
10 credits
hub: PARMA
course unit

Learning objectives

The students must acquire knowledge and understanding about the diagnostic capabilities offered by different diagnostic imaging techniques (radiology, CT, ultrasonography, RMN, scintigraphy) and about the discussed topics of surgical pathology. They should be able to understand the acquired data and discuss a differential diagnosis, applying knowledge and understanding, showing professional skills and being able to make judgements. Students must show communication and learning skills.


Anatomy, physiology, general pathology knowledge

Course unit content

General topics will be discussed: ionizing radiation, x-ray unit, radiographic images: analogic and digital acquisition system, radioprotection, radiographic projection in small and large animal, ultrasonography, basic principle of CT, RMN, Scintigraphy. Indications for a correct approach in x-ray films reading and CT cases’ interpretation will be given for thorax/abdomen and skeletal system. Students are involved in small groups in practical session of ultrasonography, x-ray film reading session, discussion of CT cases, and practical session with the digital system. Topics of surgical pathology of different anatomical systems will be also discussed.

Full programme

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Thrall DE. Textbook of Veterinary Diagnostic Radiology, 6th Ed., Elsiever, 2013; Schwarz T, Saunders J: Veterinary Computed Tomography. Wiley-Blackwell, 2011
FOSSUM Small animal surgery
3° ed., Mosby,2007
AUER Equine surgery
3° ed.,W.B. Saunders, 2005
MC Muhlbauer and SK Kneller: Radiography of the dog and cat: guide to making and interpreting radiographs. 2013, Wiley-Blackell

Teaching methods

frontal lectures/practical sessions

Assessment methods and criteria

The assessment of the achievement of the objectives involves an oral / practical exam. By discussing a diagnostic imaging exam (radiology, CT scan, ultrasound) it will be ascertained whether the student has achieved the goal of applying the acquired knowledge. The exam includes an oral test consisting of two questions mainly oriented to physics and the application of radiology, ultrasound, axial tomography and magnetic resonance techniques, and a practical test (discussion of one or more radiographic / CT images). Each of the three questions has equal weight for evaluation purposes.
The achievement of the objectives of knowledge and understanding of the contents will be verified. Students will have to demonstrate knowledge and understanding, be able to apply them in order to demonstrate a professional approach to their work and possess the appropriate skills to support their arguments and to solve problems in the study of the topic. They must also demonstrate the ability to collect and interpret the data collected useful for determining independent judgments.
Students with SLD, Special Educational Needs or disability must send requests to be able to take advantage of compensatory and / or dispensatory measures during the exam at least 10 working days before the date scheduled for the exam by e-mail addressed to the teacher holding the '' teaching and knowledge to the Department Coordinator (list of contact persons and related email addresses available here: http://cai.unipr.it/it/student-con-dsa-e-con-bes/42/ and at the Reception Center and Inclusion (cai@unipr.it).

Other information

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