Diagnostic utility of computed tomography imaging in foals: 10 cases (2008–2010)

Authors: 
M. Barba and O. M. Lepage
Volume: 
25
Number: 
1
Pages: 
29-38
Journal: 
Equine Veterinary Education
Date: 
January 2013

Despite an increasing number of case reports published using computed tomography (CT) in foals only limited data on its diagnostic utility are available. Medical and imaging records of 10 foals that had a CT examination between May 2008 and December 2010 were retrieved and studied. Three out of 10 cases were examined for orthopaedic problems, 3 were referred for medical disorders, 3 for both orthopaedic and medical problems, and one case was presented for a follow-up of an abdominal mass. In this series CT was an accurate diagnostic tool in identifying abscesses, osteomyelitis, arthritis, physitis and fractures, bone ossification defects, intracranial haematomas and sinusitis. An indication for the best medical and/or surgical approach was obtained.

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