|Elastography was performed on the liver, spleen, and kidneys of 15 dogs at predefined depths within the parenchyma.
Breed, age, gender, neuter status, and weight were documented for each animal.
Depth at which measurements were taken had a significant negative relationship with the shear wave velocity value obtained.
Individual dog effects, such as weight and gender, also appeared to have a significant effect on the shear wave velocity measurement for specific organs; weight had a significant positive effect on the shear wave velocity for each of the organs examined, whereas the effect of gender was inconsistent between organs (having a positive effect for the liver and a negative effect for the spleen).
It is hoped that these results may act as a baseline to guide further work into the field of elastography in companion animals.
Source: Holdsworth, A., Bradley, K., Birch, S., Browne, W. J. and Barberet, V. (2014), ELASTOGRAPHY OF THE NORMAL CANINE LIVER, SPLEEN AND KIDNEYS. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound. doi: 10.1111/vru.12169
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