# Effect of dorsopalmar projection obliquity on radiographic measurement of distal phalangeal rotation angle in horses with laminitis

#### Koblik, P.D.; O'Brien, T.R.; Coyne, C.P.

#### Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association 192(3): 346-349

#### 1988

The effect of dorsopalmar projection obliquity on calculation of distal phalangeal rotation (DPR) angle was determined in 8 feet obtained from 5 horses that had been euthanatized because of laminitis. A true lateromedial view of each foot served as a reference, with additional views taken at 5, 10, 15, and 20 degrees of x-ray tube head rotation in both a dorsal and in a palmar direction. Projection obliquity resulted in consistent underestimation of DPR angle. Where projection obliquity exceeded 10 degrees, there were significant (P less than 0.05) differences in DPR angle. The magnitude of underestimation appeared to be independent of severity of rotation. A radiographic variable, the mean normalized intercondylar distance, was defined and measured on 13 feet so that the angle of projection obliquity could be estimated on routine clinical studies.