Scintigraphic and radiographic appearance of the sacroiliac region in horses with gait abnormalities or poor performance

Gorgas, Daniela; Luder, P.; Lang, Johann; Doherr, Marcus; Ueltschi, Gottlieb; Kircher, Patrick Robert (2009). Scintigraphic and radiographic appearance of the sacroiliac region in horses with gait abnormalities or poor performance. Veterinary radiology & ultrasound, 50(2), pp. 208-214. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell 10.1111/j.1740-8261.2009.01519.x

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Nuclear bone scintigraphy is commonly used in the diagnosis of sacroiliac disease in horses. The aim of the present retrospective study was to determine if there was an association between radiopharmaceutical uptake pattern and radiographic appearance of the sacroiliac region in horses. Seventy-nine horses undergoing bone scintigraphy with Tc-99 m-HDP and radiography of the pelvis because of lameness or poor performance were studied. Subjective and semiquantitative methods were used to characterize and compare radiopharmaceutical uptake between horses. Ventrodorsal radiographs of the region were obtained and were evaluated. Subjectively, 70 horses (88.6%) had an abnormal uptake pattern. In nine horses, the sacroiliac region was normal (11.4%). There was no association between subjective evaluation of the scintigraphic images and semiquantitative methods. There was a significant association between radiopharmaceutical uptake and conformation (T- or Y-like form) and shape (butterfly-, wing-, leaf-, or horn-like) of the sacrum. The radiopharmaceutical uptake of the tubera sacralia was significantly higher in males (left side P = 0.002, right side P = 0.003). In conclusion, the conformation of the sacrum may play an important role in the scintigraphic appearance and may be the cause of increased radiopharmaceutical uptake.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > DKV - Clinical Radiology
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV)
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Public Health Institute
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Experimental Clinical Research
05 Veterinary Medicine > Other Institutions > Emeriti, Vetsuisse Faculty
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH)

UniBE Contributor:

Schweizer, Daniela Esther; Lang, Johann; Doherr, Marcus; Ueltschi, Gottlieb and Kircher, Patrick Robert

Subjects:

600 Technology > 630 Agriculture
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1058-8183

Publisher:

Blackwell

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:25

Last Modified:

01 Nov 2017 12:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1111/j.1740-8261.2009.01519.x

PubMed ID:

19400471

Web of Science ID:

000263760700014

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.38240

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/38240 (FactScience: 220758)

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