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INTRA- AND INTEROBSERVER VARIABILITY OF ULTRASONOGRAPHIC MEASUREMENTS OF THE THYROID GLAND IN HEALTHY BEAGLES

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  • Olivier Taeymans,

    1. Department of Medical Imaging, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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  • Luc Duchateau,

    1. Department of Physiology, Biochemistry and Biometry, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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  • Elke Schreurs,

    1. Department of Medical Imaging, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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  • Martin Kramer,

    1. Department of Medicine and Clinical Biology of Small Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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  • Sylvie Daminet,

    1. Department of Medicine and Clinical Biology of Small Animals, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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  • Jimmy H. Saunders

    1. Department of Medical Imaging, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University, Salisburylaan 133, 9820 Merelbeke, Belgium
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  • Presented at the EAVDI (British & Irish division) congress, October 2003, Cambridge, UK.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to: Olivier Taeymans, DVM, at the above address. E-mail: olivier.taeymans@ugent.be

Abstract

The repeatability of ultrasonographic measurements of the canine thyroid gland was evaluated. The variability of three different parameters (the maximal length, width, and height) within observer, between observer and between dogs was assessed based on three different measurements made by each of three observers in five healthy beagle dogs. From the three parameters, the volume of the gland was estimated using a formula of a rotation ellipse. The height and the volume had the lowest intra- and interobserver variability, while measurements of the length had the biggest intra- and interobserver variability. The mean values, with their 90% confidence interval were: height=0.53 cm [0.33–0.73], length=2.45 cm [2.04–2.85], width=0.62 cm [0.46–0.78], volume=0.38 cm3 [0.20–0.55].

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