Journal article

Abdominal volume computed tomography assessment of body composition in dogs

RBS Turner, G Hepworth, K Wilson, D Tyrrell, FR Dunshea, CS Mansfield

BMC VETERINARY RESEARCH | BMC | Published : 2019

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Computed tomography (CT) has been used to estimate body composition and determine tissue distribution in dogs, despite limited validation. This may introduce error into estimates of body composition studies and its effect on health in dogs. Further, the modality has not been validated against dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) or over a wide range of dog breeds, ages and sexes. The objective of this study was to validate the use of semi-automated, abdominal volume CT for estimating total body composition of dogs relative to DXA. Twenty-two staff-owned dogs (weighing between 5.1-60 kg) were sedated and underwent full body DXA scan and abdominal CT. Abdominal tissue composition..

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