OBJECTIVE: To determine the accuracy and safety of pin placement for lateral vertebral stabilization to the reference dorsal stabilization.

STUDY DESIGN: A randomized noninferiority trial.

SAMPLE POPULATION: Twenty Greyhound cadaveric lumbar spines (L1-L6).

OBJECTIVE: To determine the influence of preoperative computed tomography (CT) versus magnetic resonance (MR) on hemilaminectomies planned to treat thoracolumbar (TL) intervertebral disc (IVD) extrusions in chondrodystrophic dogs.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective clinical study.

SAMPLE POPULATION: Forty chondrodystrophic dogs with TL IVD extrusion and preoperative CT and MR studies.

Category: Spine

OBJECTIVE: To determine the stability of a simulated complete L7-S1 fracture-luxation immobilized with SOP locking plate system, compared to pins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).

STUDY DESIGN: In vitro biomechanical study.

ANIMALS: Cadaver specimens of 18 skeletally mature large-breed dogs.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the surgical treatment and outcome for juvenile dogs with cranial thoracic vertebral canal stenosis treated by unilateral hemilaminectomy.

STUDY DESIGN: Case series.

ANIMALS: Three large-breed brachycephalic dogs of various breeds (Dogue de Bordeaux, Australian Bulldog, Boerboel) with neurological signs consistent with a myelopathy of the third thoracic (T) to third lumbar (L) spinal cord segment.

Category: Spine

OBJECTIVE: To assess the short-term, mid-term, and long-term results after an individualized mini-hemilaminectomy-corpectomy (iMHC) procedure for treatment of acute and chronic thoracolumbar intervertebral disc disease in non-chondrodystrophic dogs.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective study.

ANIMALS: Client-owned non-chondrodystrophic large breed dogs (n = 57).

Category: Spine

OBJECTIVE: To assess technical feasibility and mechanical properties of 3 locking plate designs (Zero-P, Zero-P VA, and Uniplate 2) for use in the canine cervical spine.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective ex vivo study.

ANIMALS: Cadaver cervical spines from skeletally mature large breed dogs (n = 18).

OBJECTIVES: To describe postoperative computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in dogs with degenerative lumbosacral stenosis (DLSS) treated by dorsal laminectomy and partial discectomy.

METHODS: Prospective clinical case study of dogs diagnosed with and treated for DLSS. Surgical and clinical findings were described. Computed tomography and low field MRI findings pre- and postoperatively were described and graded. Clinical, CT and MRI examinations were performed four to 18 months after surgery.

Category: Imaging - Spine

OBJECTIVES: To assess the effect of intra-operative radiology on the quality of lag screw insertion for the management of sacroiliac joint luxations in cats.

Category: Hip - Spine

OBJECTIVE: To compare the biomechanical properties of 2 veterinary locking plates and monocortical screws/polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) fixation in canine cadaveric cervical vertebral columns.

STUDY DESIGN: Biomechanical cadaveric study.

OBJECTIVE: To describe the use of a video telescope operating monitor (VITOM™) for ventral slot decompression and to report its clinical applications using preoperative and postoperative computed tomography (CT) myelography.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective case series.

ANIMALS: Consecutive dogs presented with cervical intervertebral disc disease requiring surgical decompression (n = 30).

Category: Imaging - Spine