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Vila Velha, Brazil

De Albuquerque Bonelli M.,Federal Rural University of Pernambuco | De Oliveira D.C.,Federal University of Parana | Costa L.A.V.S.,Federal Rural University of Pernambuco | Forattini J.G.,University Center Vila Velha | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine | Year: 2013

Quantitative computed tomography (QCT) is a highly sensitive, applicable technique for determining the X-ray attenuation of organs. This technique reveals great precision in the detection of alterations in the X-ray attenuation of hepatic parenchyma, although the lack of studies establishing normal values limits its application in wild animals. The objective of this study was to establish mean hepatic attenuation values in four healthy juvenile sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) using QCT. Helical computed tomography scans were performed and regions of interest selected in the liver after multi-planar reconstruction images were obtained. The mean attenuation value for the hepatic parenchyma in these four turtles was 60.09 ± 5.3 standard deviation Hounsfield units. Determining normal X-ray attenuation values of the liver increases knowledge of the computed tomographic anatomy of this species and may be useful in the investigation of hepatic diseases. © 2013 American Association of Zoo Veterinarians.

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