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Turbinate atrophy evaluation in pigs by computed tomography
- Magyar, T., Kovács, F., Donkó, T., Bíró, H., Romvári, R., Kovács, Melinda, Repa, I.
- Acta veterinaria Hungarica 2003 v.51 no.4 pp. 485-491
- air, atrophy, computed tomography, image analysis, nasal cavity, swine, teeth
- Computed tomography (CT), a non-invasive visualisation technique was applied for imaging the bony structures of the nasal cavity of pigs, and compared to the traditional scoring system of turbinate atrophy in swine. Twenty-three 27-week-old pigs representing various stages of turbinate atrophy were used. Nasal structures were visually scored on CT scans and transversal cuts of the noses at the level of the first upper premolar teeth using the same scoring system in both cases. A tissue/air area ratio was also determined based on density differences. A highly significant correlation was found between visual scoring of CT images and transversal cuts of pig noses (r = 0.98, p < 0.0001) as well as between visual scoring of CT images and tissue/air area ratio determination (r = -0.82, p < 0.0001).