Computed tomographic anatomy of the abdominal region of cat

Document Type: Full paper (Original article)

Authors

1 Department of Basic Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran

2 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Clinical Sciences, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran

4 Graduated from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran

5 Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the anatomic structures of the abdominal region of cat through
computed tomography (CT) to be used by veterinary radiologists, clinicians and surgeons. The abdominal
region of four cats were scanned twice, with and without using contrast medium in a same position, using
high-resolution imaging protocol. Slice intervals were 11 mm and were adjusted so that each vertebra was
sectioned at least once. CT cuts taken with and without contrast were compared for accurate identification of
specific anatomic structures. Two animals were fixed by routine anatomical method and dissected for use as
reference models. Finally, important structures and landmarks were identified and labeled on the CT images.

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