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Revista Colombiana de Ciencias Pecuarias

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SOLER, Elber A; CASTILLO, Víctor A; CALCAGNO, Fernando  and  VELANDIA, Diana J. Clinical applications of scintigraphy in small animals in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rev Colom Cienc Pecua [online]. 2011, vol.24, n.2, pp.170-178. ISSN 0120-0690.

Scintigraphy (CGF) is a diagnostic imaging tool utilizing specific radiopharmaceuticals to assess the anatomical and functional status for each organ or tissue. This technology allows the veterinarian to anticipate, supplement or complete the diagnosis, and also to monitor the treatment. Unfortunately, this diagnostic method is little known, and its lack of dissemination among clinical veterinarians prevents its optimal use. In order to understand the benefits of CGF as an effective imaging tool in the city of Buenos Aires during the years 2004-2006, we analyzed the studies that utilized CGF in canine and cats during this period. From a total of 142 studies, it was found that 38.6% of the assessments corresponded to thyroid disorders, while 61.4% of the remaining studies that involved CGF included, in descending order, pathologies associated with liver, bone, kidneys, parathyroid gland and lungs. The main findings in this paper highlight the use of CGF in the diagnosis of functional thyroid carcinoma followed by portosystemic shunt, bone neoplasms, evaluation of individual kidney function, parathyroid hyperplasia, parathyroid adenoma and pulmonary embolism.

Keywords : ectopic tissue; portosystemic shunt; thyroid carcinoma.

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