102: X-Rays

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Anatomy of a Cat

Sternum

Also called the breastbone, the sternum protects the chest and helps hold the ribs in place with cartilage.

Vena Cava

The largest vein in the body, the vena cava carries blood back to the heart from the back legs and abdomen.

Kidney

The kidneys filter and clean blood; they are normally buried in protective fat between the spine and abdominal cavity.

Large Intestine

The large intestine, or colon, removes water from food the body doesn’t use and creates solid feces (or poop).

Reading Radiographs (X-Rays)

Put the X-ray on the lightbox to see areas inside this cat’s body. Veterinarians usually take separate radiographs (or X-rays) of a cat’s body to get a closer look inside. Darker colors mean an area has non-solid substance, like air in a lung. Lighter colors mean an area is filled with dense substances, like bone or blood in arteries and veins. How many ribs can you count?

Anatomy of a Horse

Nasal Cavity and Nasal Sinus

Horses breathe through large nasal cavities in their nose, not through their mouths. Nasal X-rays can help diagnose breathing issues.

Molar Teeth

Horse teeth never stop growing! When they eat grass, the molars rub against each other and wear down naturally.

Third Phalanx

The third phalanx (P3) in the horse is just like the bone at the tip of a person’s middle finger.

Reference marker

Small metallic markers are often taped over areas of interest so they show up in an X-ray.

Hoof Wall

A hoof provides protection for the horse’s foot. Foot X-rays allow veterinarians to look for fractures or swelling caused by inflammation.

Reading Radiographs (X-Rays)

Put the X-ray on the lightbox to see inside this horse’s body. Lighter colors mean the area is dense, like bone and teeth. Darker colors mean the area has non-solid substance, like air. Because horses are so large, veterinarians need to radiograph (or X-ray) smaller portions at a time. Dental care is extremely important for horses. Veterinarians use X-rays of a horse’s teeth to look for signs of infection or injury.

Anatomy of a Dog

Heart

The heart muscle sends oxygen-rich blood throughout the body and circulates blood with waste gas, like carbon dioxide, back to the lungs.

Spine

The spine (made up of vertebrae) provides support to the body, protects the spinal cord, and connects different parts of the skeleton.

Lungs

Like humans, dogs breathe through both their nose and mouth. The lungs bring in fresh air and remove waste gases.

Small Intestine

The small intestine looks like a rope. Obstructions, or foreign objects, can make the intestine larger and change its shape.

Aorta

The largest artery in the body, the aorta carries oxygen-rich blood from the heart to the abdomen and back legs.

Reading Radiographs (X-rays)

Put the X-ray on the lightbox to see areas inside this dog’s body. Veterinarians take radiographs (or X-rays) of different parts of a dog’s body to help diagnose problems, like a twisted stomach or intestinal obstruction. Darker colors mean an area has non-solid substance, like air in the stomach. Lighter colors mean an area is filled with dense substances, like rib bones.

BIDTAH BECKER

Associate Attorney, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority

Ms. Becker has dedicated her career to the Navajo Nation and its natural resources.  She is currently serving as an Associate Attorney for the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority.  Prior to this position, she had the honor of serving as the Director of the Navajo Nation Division of Natural Resources from May 2013 to January 2019, as an appointee of President Begaye and Vice-President Nez, after serving eleven (11) years as an attorney for the Navajo Nation focusing on water rights and natural resources issues.  Continuing her deep interest and passion for water, she serves on the Leadership Team for the Water and Tribes Initiative in the Colorado River Basin, as a Commissioner on the New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission, as an appointee of Governor Lujan Grisham, and on the Navajo Nation Water Rights Commission, as an appointee of Speaker Damon.  Ms. Becker is equally passionate about supporting artists and serves as a Trustee for the Institute of American Indian Arts and Culture (IAIA), as an appointee of President Obama.  Ms. Becker is a member of the Nation and lives on the Navajo Nation in Fort Defiance with her husband and two school age children.

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