Retrospective Study

The value of bone scintigraphy in dogs with undefined hind limb lameness or unlocalized pain

Authors
  • N. De Wilde
  • K. Peremans

Abstract

Bone scintigraphy is a very sensitive technique to detect early changes in the metabolic activity of bone structures such as a higher blood perfusion and/or bone remodeling. Therefore, bone scintigraphy is highly suited as sensitive diagnostic tool in the lameness examination of dogs. Due to the limited specificity of this technique, scintigraphy has to be combined with structural imaging techniques. In this retrospective study, 194 patients with complaints of limping and/or pain in the hind legs were observed in the period of 2001 until 2020. Sixty-four dogs were included in the study based on patient data and results. In the selected dogs, the findings on the scintigraphy scans were compared to the results of prior examinations and to the imaging techniques which were taken based on the scintigraphy images. Based on this retrospective study, it can be concluded that bone scintigraphy is useful in conditions where previous examinations were inconclusive.

How to Cite:

De Wilde, N. & Peremans, K., (2021) “The value of bone scintigraphy in dogs with undefined hind limb lameness or unlocalized pain”, Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift 90(6), p.283-288. doi: https://doi.org/10.21825/vdt.v90i6.21086

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Published on
23 Dec 2021
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