Monday, June 21, 2021
Thoracic ultrasound is a diagnostic tool which can be easily utilized on the farm to gain additional information about pulmonary pathology in dairy calves. A complete thoracic ultrasound examination extends from cranial thorax to caudal thorax; each intercostal space (ICS) should be examined from the dorsal to ventral extent on both the left and right sides. Early abnormalities associated with pneumonia can be visualized using thoracic ultrasound include the identification of B-lines and/or lung rockets disrupting the pleural line and thickening of the pleural line itself.
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