Cervical and coelomic'radiologic features of the loggerhead sea turtle, Caretta caretta

Ana Luisa Valente*, Rafaela Cuenca, Maria Luz Parga, Santiago Lavin, Jordi Franch, Ignasi Marco

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Abstract

Many investigators have undertaken radiologic studies in chelonians. However, descriptive papers focusing on the radiographic anatomy are limited to only a few species. The purpose of this article is to provide the normal cervical and coelomic radiographic appearance of the loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta), in the dorsoventral view, and to indicate useful landmarks to identify internal anatomic structures. Dorsoventral radiographs were taken of the neck and body of 30 loggerhead sea turtles by means of analog and digital radiography. At various points, distortion or superimposition of images due to the natural curvature of the shell hindered the accuracy of interpretation. The pectoral and pelvic girdles were easily recognized. Important external landmarks included the vertebral and lateral scutes, and important internal landmarks included the bronchi, coracoid bones, the caudal border of the pulmonary fields, and the acetabulum.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-290
Number of pages6
JournalCanadian Journal of Veterinary Research
Volume70
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006

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