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Title: CT-soft tissue window of the cranial abdomen in clinically normal dogs: An anatomical description using macroscopic cross-sections with vascular injection
Authors: Rivero Santana, Miguel Antonio 
Vázquez Autón,José Maria 
Gil Cano,Francisco 
Ramírez González, Juan Andrés 
Vilar Guereño, José Manuel 
De Miguel, Ana
Arencibia Espinosa, Alberto 
UNESCO Clasification: 2401 Biología animal (zoología)
240101 Anatomía animal
310901 Anatomía
Keywords: Computed tomography
CT-soft tissue window
Cranial abdomen
Dogs, et al
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: 0340-2096
Journal: Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series C: Anatomia Histologia Embryologia 
Abstract: The aim of this study was to provide a detailed anatomic atlas of the cranial abdomen by means of computed tomography (CT). Three mature dogs, all mixed breed males, were used. The dogs were sedated, anaesthetized and positioned in sternal recumbency. CT scans from the eighth thoracic vertebra to the fourth lumbar vertebra were performed using a third-generation equipment (TOSHIBA 600HQ scanner) with 1 cm slice thickness. CT-images of the cranial abdomen were taken with soft-tissue window (WL: -14, WW: 658) settings. Dogs were killed and vascular-injection technique was performed: red and blue latex filled the vascular system. Injected dogs were frozen in the same position as used for CT examination and sectioned with an electric bandsaw at 1-cm-thick intervals. The cuts matched as closely as possible to the CT-images. The anatomic sections were compared and studied with the corresponding CT-images, and clinically relevant abdominal anatomic structures were identified and labelled on the corresponding CT-images. The results of our study could be used as a reference for evaluating CT-images of the canine cranial abdomen with abdominal diseases.
ISSN: 0340-2096
DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0264.2008.00886.x
Source: Journal of Veterinary Medicine Series C: Anatomia Histologia Embryologia [ISSN 0340-2096], v. 38, p. 18-22
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