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Clinical anatomy of the canine brain using magnetic resonance imaging
- LEIGH, EDMUND J., MACKILLOP, EDWARD, ROBERTSON, IAN D., HUDSON, LOLA C.
- Veterinary radiology & ultrasound 2008 v.49 no.2 pp. 113-121
- dogs, brain, anatomy and morphology, magnetic resonance imaging
- The purpose of this study was to produce an magnetic resonsnce (MR) image atlas of clinically relevant brain anatomy and to relate this neuroanatomy to clinical signs. The brain of a large mixed breed dog was imaged in transverse, sagittal, and dorsal planes using a 1.5 T MR unit and the following pulse sequences: Turbo (fast) spin echo (TSE) T2, T1, and T2- weighted spatial and chemical shift-encoded excitation sequence. Relevant neuroanatomic structures were identified using anatomic texts, sectioned cadaver heads, and previously published atlases. Major subdivisions of the brain were mapped and the neurologic signs of lesions in these divisions were described. TSE T2-weighted images were found to be the most useful for identifying clinically relevant neuroanatomy. Relating clinical signs to morphology as seen on MR will assist veterinarians to better understand clinically relevant neuroanatomy in MR images.