Oral contrast media for computed tomography of canine pancreas

  • Choi, Jihye (College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonnam National University) ;
  • Chang, Jinhwa (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Oh, Sunkyoung (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University) ;
  • Yoon, Junghee (College of Veterinary Medicine, Seoul National University)
  • Accepted : 2011.03.29
  • Published : 2011.06.30


Barium suspension, oral iodine contrast medium and water were applied in eight dogs to evaluate (1) distension of gastrointestinal tract, (2) the effect of the oral contrast media on the identification of the pancreas from surrounding organs, and (3) image quality and the presence of artifacts in canine pancreas computed tomography (CT) images. Oral iodine contrast medium, gastrografin, produced significant artifacts that deteriorated the CT images of the pancreas. The use of water did not provide the fullness of the gastrointestinal lumens. Barium suspension was effective for the identification of the pancreas from the surrounding gastrointestinal tract, without significantly increasing image noise. Barium suspension can be used as an optimal contrast medium that will not cause an adverse effect on the pancreatic density and image quality.


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