BMC Vet Res 2022 Jan 18;18(1):46. Epub 2022 Jan 18.
College of Veterinary Medicine, Research Institute for Veterinary Science, Seoul National University, Gwanak-ro, Gwanak-gu, 08826, Seoul, South Korea.
Background: Atlantoaxial instability (AAI) is primarily a congenital neurological disorder affecting young toy-breed dogs. So far, most studies have focused on bones and ligaments related to AAI, and there are no studies on the suboccipital muscles (SOMs) that occupy a large area from the occipital bone to C2 in dogs. This study evaluated the cross-sectional area (CSA) and fat infiltration of the SOMs using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), specifically, T1-weighted images, in normal dogs (≤ 5 kg) and AAI dogs. Read More