Ultrasonography of the canine pancreas

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Ultrasonography of the canine pancreas

Authors
  • Revista MVZ Córdoba
  • Avante, Michelle L1
  • DA da Silva, Priscila2
  • Feliciano, Marcus AR3
  • Maronezi, Marjury C1
  • Simões, Ana R2
  • Uscategui, Ricardo AR2
  • Canola, Julio C1
Type
Published Article
Journal
Revista Mvz Córdoba
Publisher
Universidad de Cordoba
Publication Date
Jan 09, 2018
Accepted Date
Oct 08, 2017
Volume
23
Issue
1
Pages
6552–6563
Identifiers
DOI: 10.21897/rmvz.1249
Source
MyScienceWork
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

This study describes the ultrasonographic techniques currently used in the evaluation of the canine pancreas. Ultrasonography was the first method to enable direct visualization of the pancreas in humans and it has been subsequently applied to animals. Currently, it is the method of choice for pancreatic evaluation and is essential as a diagnostic tool in the detection of abnormalities, especially tumors. Innovative equipment technology has led to the emergence of techniques complementary to B-mode ultrasound; such as Doppler, elastography, and contrast-enhanced ultrasonography, which have enabled more accurate diagnosis. Doppler provides information on vascular architecture and the hemodynamic aspect of blood vessels in multiple organs. ARFI elastography provides detailed images of the alterations detected by conventional examination (qualitative method) and assists in differentiating between benign and malignant processes (quantitative method). Microbubble contrast agents determine parameters related to homogeneous and heterogeneous filling of organs with microbubbles, mainly nodular areas, thus defining high and low intensity patterns.

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