Optimising Your Digital Radiography TimeOnline | Centre for Veterinary Education

Optimising Your Digital Radiography TimeOnline

Optimising Your Digital Radiography

Digital Radiography - optimising your ability to use digital radiographs in practice.

Digital radiographs are now widespread in veterinary practice but the transition to digital does not always mean better image quality.

This short course will help you understand what your digital system is and will review simple radiographic principles to improve your image quality. You will learn about how to share your digital images for a second opinion and develop a better understanding of how to get the sharpest lung detail, the best abdominal contrast and crispest trabecular bone detail. 

Note: Participants will need access to a functional X-ray tube and digital radiography unit. If they have film-screen radiography, they may still do the course but may not be able to implement some of the learning outcomes. 

Veterinary nurses with a special interest in the topic are welcome to enrol in this course. Please be aware that the course is designed for qualified veterinarians and you should consider this in light of your knowledge and experience before you register.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify which radiographic equipment they have in practice. 
  • Better approach optimising the image quality from their equipment. 
  • Explain file storage (PACS)
  • Share digital images. 
  • Apply an understanding of what factors they need to change to make significant image quality improvements.
  • Best position thorax, abdominal and MSK radiographs, regardless of dog or cat shape.


  1. What digital system do I have? (Image acquisition)
  2. How does my x-ray generator fit into this? (Image generation) 
  3. Radiographic positioning and technique – thorax and abdomen
  4. Radiographic positioning and technique  - musculoskeletal 

What is a TimeOnline?

Flexible and affordable short online CPD

TimeOnline is a quality online education program delivered by veterinary experts, in short, manageable timeframes. You will be engaging with your tutor/s and other participants through an active discussion forum and other online resources including a set of concise core notes, video presentations, case studies, images, useful links, and interactive quizzes to test your knowledge and complete your CPD requirements. All participants receive an electronic certificate upon successful completion of the course. 

Complete at your own pace over 4 weeks to earn 10-20 CPD points (depending on the course)


Monday 4 - Sunday 31 May 2020
Delivered Online


BVSc (Hons) FANZCVS (Radiology)

Zoe Lenard is a dynamic radiologist with a passion for connection and excellence in both the radiology and veterinary community. She has extensive teaching experience at both the university and post-graduate level (at Murdoch University and for Centre of Veterinary Education, Sydney University). She occupies a leadership role in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (President), which is the main certifying organisation for graduate vets in the region. These connections keep her engaged with current best practice. Her imaging interests are in improving digital imaging in vet practice by improving the access and quality of digital communications (teleradiology), helping vets select the most appropriate imaging test for their patients, and improving access to cross sectional imaging.


Belinda Hopper is a veterinary radiologist who loves being part of the diagnostic process - getting to the root of clinical problems and bringing together clinicians and specialists to get the best possible outcome for her patients. She has a particular love for echocardiography and is keen to develop the cardiology and interventional radiology services in Perth. Another great passion of hers is continuing education, through delivery of ultrasound training, lectures and within the Radiology Chapter of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists in her roles as President, Membership and Fellowship examiner, mentor and examinations committee member for over 15 years.

Course Fees

Member TypeTimeOnline
Recent Grad / Part-time Member$303
Student Member$152
Non-member / eMember$607
*Members include: Practice, Professional and Academic members

You may be eligible for a 10% discount off your registration. Please read the full Terms & Conditions to see if you are eligible. Discounts can’t be processed online so please contact the CVE on +61 2 9351 7979 or cve.enquiries@sydney.edu.au to register.