Friday, February 7, 2014

Q&A with veterinary imaging specialist

Dr Milne cuddles a patient.
Dr Marjorie Milne is a lecturer in Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Melbourne Veterinary Hospital. She's heading to Sydney later this month to talk at the CVE's Emergency Conference, and was happy to answer a few questions about imaging in emergencies, and keeping current in her field.

How do imaging and emergency medicine go together?

Imaging in emergency situations can be challenging for vets, with time pressures, sometimes insufficient to no additional staff to help, and animals that are often unstable and pose problems with respect to positioning and sedation for imaging.  I really enjoy teaching about the practical adaptation of imaging principles to meet these challenges, and training vets in new imaging techniques.

Imaging can be extremely challenging in these situations. 
How do you keep up to date with all of the develpments in imaging?

Working at the university, training residents and collaborating with other specialists at work and around the world keeps me on my toes!  We have regular rounds, journal club, we attend and present at conferences.  We undertake research and collaborate on research projects with others. Providing education is a great motivator to stay ahead of the game when it comes to knowledge in your field.

Can you share a tip about imaging in emergency situations?

Don't forget about horizontal beam radiography to help x-ray sick patients that can't lie on their side!

What do you do to relax?

Gardening and walking my Ridgeback (Attika) in the park.