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Using Human Diagnostic Tools to Identify Liver Cancers

Thoroughly evaluating masses in the canine liver presents a diagnostic challenge. It requires invasive diagnostic techniques, such as biopsy and fine-needle aspiration, that are sometimes effective, but usually don’t completely show microscopic changes in liver masses. Imaging is particularly relevant in the diagnostic evaluation of the canine liver. This study will examine a radioactive drug used to diagnose human cancer combined with both positron emission tomography and computed tomography to determine whether this noninvasive technique can help diagnose liver disease and expedite therapeutic intervention in dogs. Results from this study will contribute to the little information known about the use of this particular form of imaging in diagnosing and prescribing treatment for canine liver cancers.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Ballegeer, Michigan State University, First Award Grant



Co-sponsors: Courtney Babcock Borntraeger Foundation; Anonymous, for Chris (Xcaliber)