Use of hepatobiliary scintigraphy in clinically normal cats

Susan M. Newell From the Departments of Anatomy and Radiology (Newell, Selcer, Roberts, M. Mahaffey), Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Cornelius), Pathology (E. Mahaffey), and Microbiology (Brown), College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7382.

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Barbara A. Selcer From the Departments of Anatomy and Radiology (Newell, Selcer, Roberts, M. Mahaffey), Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Cornelius), Pathology (E. Mahaffey), and Microbiology (Brown), College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7382.

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Royce E. Roberts From the Departments of Anatomy and Radiology (Newell, Selcer, Roberts, M. Mahaffey), Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Cornelius), Pathology (E. Mahaffey), and Microbiology (Brown), College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7382.

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Mary B. Mahaffey From the Departments of Anatomy and Radiology (Newell, Selcer, Roberts, M. Mahaffey), Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Cornelius), Pathology (E. Mahaffey), and Microbiology (Brown), College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7382.

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Larry M. Cornelius From the Departments of Anatomy and Radiology (Newell, Selcer, Roberts, M. Mahaffey), Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Cornelius), Pathology (E. Mahaffey), and Microbiology (Brown), College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7382.

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Edward Mahaffey From the Departments of Anatomy and Radiology (Newell, Selcer, Roberts, M. Mahaffey), Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Cornelius), Pathology (E. Mahaffey), and Microbiology (Brown), College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7382.

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John Brown From the Departments of Anatomy and Radiology (Newell, Selcer, Roberts, M. Mahaffey), Small Animal Medicine and Surgery (Cornelius), Pathology (E. Mahaffey), and Microbiology (Brown), College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602-7382.

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Summary

Hepatobiliary scintigraphy provides a noninvasive assessment of hepatobiliary structure and function, and has been used extensively in people. Hepatocellular measurements determined in the cats of this study include cardiac washout (≤ 2 minutes) and time of maximal hepatic activity (≤ 5 minutes) and hepatic washout (≤ 30 minutes). The gallbladder response to synthetic cholecystokinin was determined to be ≤ 3 minutes. Additional measurements also were identified. Potential use of hepatobiliary scintigraphy in feline medicine is discussed.

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Hepatobiliary scintigraphy provides a noninvasive assessment of hepatobiliary structure and function, and has been used extensively in people. Hepatocellular measurements determined in the cats of this study include cardiac washout (≤ 2 minutes) and time of maximal hepatic activity (≤ 5 minutes) and hepatic washout (≤ 30 minutes). The gallbladder response to synthetic cholecystokinin was determined to be ≤ 3 minutes. Additional measurements also were identified. Potential use of hepatobiliary scintigraphy in feline medicine is discussed.

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