Diagnostic Imaging of Dogs and Cats

This handbook provides an overview of diagnostic imaging— predominantly radiology and ultrasonography—as it pertains to general small animal practice. Important principles and key abnormalities are outlined for each body part. Part I addresses the process of image interpretation. Part II describes the imaging of the musculoskeletal system. Part III explores the unique demands of imaging the thorax and the abdomen and includes a chapter on abdominal ultrasound. Part IV displays the imaging challenges of specific canine and feline cases along with their diagnostic outcomes. The final section, Part V, contains a concise Index of Figures for easy reference to visual support; an imaging-specific Glossary of Terms; a list of Suggested Reading resources for more in-depth study; and a helpful Subject Index for quick access to particular conditions, techniques, and cases.

Table of Contents

1. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MRI.

2. PULSE SEQUENCES, SIGNAL AND CONTRAST IN MRI.

3. MRI ARTIFACTS.

4. OPTIMIZED TECHNIQUE: Brain, Spine, Musculoskeletal, Technical particularities with low field imaging.

5. MRI OF THE BRAIN: Congenital/Developmental disorders, Metabolic and Degenerative encephalopathies, Encephalitis, Brain neoplasia, Cystic conditions, Ischemic encephalopathy and vascular anomalies, Brain haemorrhage, Cranial nerve diseases.

6. MRI OF THE HEAD (NON NEUROLOGIC): Nasal cavity, Orbit, Ear disease, Other.

7. SPINAL MRI: Degenerative disc disease and disc herniation, Spondylomyelopathy, Lumbo-sacral disease, Anomalies/Malformations, Infection (discospondylitis, empyema), Neoplasia (vertebrae/meninges/spinal cord), Ischemic myelopathy, Spinal cord hemorrhage, Myelomalacia, Spinal cysts, Syringomyelia/Hydromyelia, Peripheral nerve sheath tumors, Degenerative myelopathy, Paraspinal soft tissues.

8. MUSCULOSKELETAL MRI (Mostly shoulder and stifle).

9. THORACIC MRI: Cardiac MRI, Non cardiac thoracic conditions.

10. ABDOMINAL MRI.

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