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Companion Animal Practice
Practical guide to imaging abdominal masses
  1. Nicolette Hayward

    Nicolette Hayward graduated from Edinburgh in 1986 and spent a number of years in general practice, both in the UK and abroad. After completing a residency in diagnostic imaging at Cambridge, she worked for a year as a lecturer in diagnostic imaging at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She is currently based at Great Western Referrals in Swindon. She holds the RCVS diploma in veterinary radiology and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging.


IDENTIFYING the origin of abdominal masses can be challenging in veterinary medicine. Factors assisting in this process include the relative position of the mass within the abdomen and its relationship to other organs, how fixed or mobile it is, and whether it is associated with an effusion. This article describes how the complementary techniques of radiography and ultrasonography can help to determine the source of abdominal masses, highlighting key features that can aid in lesion localisation.

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