Transabdominal and transrectal ultrasonography of fetuses in Wurttemberg ewes: Correlation with gestational age
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Beier, Ross C.
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It is useful to determine the gestational age in sheep to provide essential information for effective flock management practices. The aims of this study were to evaluate the efficacy and practical aspects for using two ultrasound techniques, transabdominal and transrectal, in determining the gestational age in Wurttemberg ewes. Monitoring of embryo and fetus developmental stages during the ewes gestation was carried out with real time ultrasound using a transabdominal convex probe, frequency 3.5 MHz, and a transrectal linear probe, frequency 7.5 MHz. The size of the embryonic vesicle during the period from the 23rd to the 38th day of gestation can be used as a confirmational indicator of gestational age when the transrectal probe is used. The occipital nasal diameter correlated with the gestational age with both transabdominal (P < 0.05) and transrectal probes (P < 0.01) from the 46th to the 63rd day of gestation. The biparietal diameter of the fetal head measured by transabdominal pro...be during the period from the 46th to the 63rd day of gestation correlates with gestation age (P < 0.05). The diameter of the fetal eye orbit monitored by transrectal probe from the 46th to the 63rd day of gestation also correlated well with gestational age (P < 0.05).
Keywords:ewe / fetus / gestation age / ultrasound
Source:Animal Science Journal, 2016, 87, 2, 197-201
- Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken
- Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia
- Kingdom of Norway, HERD Project [09/1548, 332 160UAngstrom]