Research Journal for Veterinary Practitioners

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Res. j. vet. pract. 3 (4): 83 - 88
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Mohamed Gomaa1*, Ahmed Abdelaal2

1Surgery Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt; 2Animal Medicine Department,
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt.
*Correspondence | Mohamed Gomaa, Zagazig University, Egypt; Email:

The current study was carried out to identify the ability of both radiography and ultrasonography in identifying the presence of some foreign bodies in a Cadaveric calf thigh specimen. Five different foreign bodies (metal, stone, glass, plastic and wood) were inserted separately in a freshly thawed cadaveric calf thigh muscle. Two different imaging modalities were applied, firstly, conventional plain radiography and secondly, ultrasonography. In general, metals, stones and glass were radiopaque. On the other hand, plastics and wooden objects could not be detected by conventional plain radiography. Meanwhile by ultrasound examination, all foreign bodies appeared as hyperechoic structure with distal artifacts. Reverberation artifacts (comet tail) appeared clearly with metal and glass materials. While, distal acoustic shadowing was obvious in stones, plastics and wooden objects. Ultrasound in this study proved to be brilliant for detection of radiolucent foreign bodies as plastic and wood. For radiopaque foreign bodies, ultrasound can provide more accurate localization and also the artifact distal to foreign bodies played an important role in detecting the nature and surface properties of these foreign bodies.

Keywords | Ultrasonography, Radiography, Foreign Bodies, Cadaveric Calf Thigh

Editor | Muhammad Abubakar, National Veterinary Laboratories, Islamabad, Pakistan.

Received | November 30, 2015; Revised | December 13, 2015; Accepted | December 16, 2015; Published | January 27, 2016

Citation | Gomaa M, Abdelaal A (2015). Ultrasonography versus radiography in detection of different foreign bodies in a cadaveric calf thigh specimen. Res. J.
Vet. Pract. 3(4): 83-88.

ISSN | 2308-2798

Copyright © 2015 Gomaa and Abdelaal. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted
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