Bayer Animal Health has revealed new research showing there are limitations of thoracic radiography when analysing cats with feline bronchial disease.
A team from the Companion Animal Research Group at the University of Montreal discovered there were several radiographic abnormalities commonly seen in the animals with the illness.
These signs included lung hyperinflation, bronchial and unstructured interstitial patterns, aerophagia and lung soft tissue opacities.
"Ratios of lung inflation on ventrodorsal views were significantly higher in cats with feline bronchial disease," the investigators wrote in the report, which was published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association on February 1st 2009.
However, the team found that agreement in the study was only poor to good as many had to rely on associations found between examiner diagnosis, level of examiner certainty, and bronchial pattern severity.
It was concluded that current thoracic radiography appears to be too limited.
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