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The Avian Respiratory System: Part 1 - The Body

Thomas N. Tully, Jr, DVM, MS, Diplomate ABVP (Avian) & ECAMS

Exotic Animal Medicine

|May 2003|Peer Reviewed

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The avian respiratory system is extensive and complex. Becoming familiar with the normal presentation of respiratory anatomy through use of different imaging techniques will enhance a clinician's ability to make a diagnosis. This is the first of two articles using radiographic images and computed tomography (CT) to compare normal respiratory structures of the avian respiratory system. Note that the size of the patient dictates the size of the CT image. In this case, the patient is very small; thus, the images have become somewhat blurry with enlarging. Nevertheless, contrast is an important factor in CT imaging and the structures are quite clear. This article focuses on the body; the next part will address the head. For larger images, please click on the PDF icon at the top of the page to download the print version of the article in its entirety.

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