CT Scans Allows Quantitative Wobbler Syndrome Evaluation
What veterinarians really need is an objective diagnostic tool that combines these analyses, showing both the locations of compression and confirmation that the cord is compressed, say Japanese researchers. The computer tomography (CT) myelograph offers just that—but with one significant problem: its size.
“Currently existing CT myelography machines have a small gantry (opening), designed for humans and small animals, and that’s not good enough for horses because we can’t get a picture of the entire cervical vertebral column,” said Kazutaka Yamada, PhD, DVM, of Azabu University’s Veterinary Radiology Department, in Kanagawa.
In their study, Yamada and his fellow researchers examined five ataxic (incoordinated) Thoroughbred foals (aged 5 to 33 weeks) using small-gantry CT myelography under general anesthesia. Afterward, they euthanized the horses and performed postmortem examinations to compare their CT myelography findings to the foals’ actual pathologies
Create a free account with TheHorse.com to view this content.
Stay on top of the most recent Horse Health news with