IMAGING A SPINAL FRACTURE IN A KOHAKU KOI (Cyprinus carpio): TECHNIQUES AND CASE HISTORY REPORT

Authors


N.E. Love, DVM, North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 4700 Hillsborough St., Raleigh, NC 27606.

Abstract

An ornamental pet fish was diagnosed with a spinal fracture and subluxation involving truncal vertebrae 5 and 6 (T5-T6) using conventional radiography, nuclear scintigraphy, and computed tomography. Attempts to evaluate the dynamic nature of the lesion using conventional fluoroscopy in the unanesthetized, moving patient were unsuccessful. Adaptation of imaging techniques to accommodate a fish patient was not difficult and diagnostic images were obtained. The use of multiple imaging techniques was useful in the diagnosis and determination of the treatment plan of the spinal fracture in this patient.

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