IMAGING DOGS WITH SUSPECTED DISC HERNIATION: PROS AND CONS OF MYELOGRAPHY, COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY, AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE
Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
© 2011 Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Special Issue: Magnetic Resonance Neuroimaging
Volume 52, Issue Supplement s1, pages S81–S84, March/April 2011
How to Cite
ROBERTSON, I. and THRALL, D. E. (2011), IMAGING DOGS WITH SUSPECTED DISC HERNIATION: PROS AND CONS OF MYELOGRAPHY, COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY, AND MAGNETIC RESONANCE. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 52: S81–S84. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.2010.01788.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAR 2011
- Article first published online: 9 MAR 2011
- Received November 10, 2010; accepted for publication November 12, 2010.
- computed tomography;
- intervertebral disc disease;
- MR imaging;
Myelography, computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance (MR) imaging are the diagnostic modalities currently used in the evaluation of dogs with suspected disc herniation. Where high-field MR imaging is available, it is considered the optimal modality for any myelopathy in dogs, including those with disc disease. CT myelography may be the next best option, particularly in nonchondrodystrophoid dogs. In chondrodystrophoid dogs, in which extrusion of mineralized disc material is common, plain CT will enable diagnosis in most cases. Myelography is still considered adequate for diagnosis of disc herniation when MR and CT are unavailable.