Normal Variation In Size Of The Lateral Ventricles Of The Labrador Retriever Dog As Assessed By Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Haan CE, Kraft SL, Gavin PR, et al.

Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound 1994;35:83-86.

Detecting canine brain lesions on computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) scans can be difficult if the lesions do not enhance well following administration of intravenous contrast material. Changes in the shape and position of the ventricular system can be important in the diagnosis of such lesions. Normal variation within the canine ventricular system has not been documented. MR scans from 62 normal Labrador retriever type dogs were evaluated. Five dogs had symmetric enlargement of the ventricles, while nineteen dogs had mild to severe ventricular asymmetry. The incidence of asymmetry in normal dogs must be considered when using ventricular configuration as an indication of central nervous system abnormality.