Diagnostic Imaging in Animal Oncology

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615). This special issue belongs to the section "Veterinary Clinical Studies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2024 | Viewed by 1345

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1. Department of Veterinary Clinics, Institute of Biomedical Sciences Abel Salazar (ICBAS), University of Porto, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
2. Associate Laboratory for Animal and Veterinary Sciences (AL4animaLs), Animal Science Study Centre (CECA), University of Porto, 4050-453 Porto, Portugal
Interests: diagnostic imaging; oncology; animal welfare/well-being; professional ethics; education

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Population Studies Department, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (ICBAS), University of Porto, 4099-002 Porto, Portugal
Interests: animal oncology; cancer epidemiology; comparative oncology; one health; animal diseases; surveillance
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Department of Surgery, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of University of São Paulo, São Paulo 055508-270, Brazil
Interests: diagnostic imaging; cancer detection; cancer staging; therapy planning; fusion imaging

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In oncology, a multidisciplinary approach has been recommended and progressively implemented in order to optimize cancer patient management. Among several other methodologies, diagnostic imaging techniques play a pivotal role in the diagnosis, staging, and monitoring of cancer in animals. In fact, sensitive detection and characterization of lesions is mandatory to determine appropriate local or systemic therapy and to manage therapeutic results.

We are pleased to invite you to submit manuscripts to this Special Issue on "Diagnostic Imaging in Animal Oncology", including research articles and original reviews on oncology-relevant topics using diagnostic imaging methodologies, in small, large, exotic, zoo, wild, and laboratory animals.

Major topics include the use of imaging modalities to diagnose, characterize, and monitor the cancer patient, such as radiology (RX), ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scintigraphy (Sc), or positron emission tomography (PET). Comparative and translational studies will also be considered.

We expect that this Special Issue will expand our current knowledge on veterinary and/or comparative oncology, advancing new information pertinent to animal’s cancer diagnosis, management, and progression.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Cláudia S. Baptista
Dr. Katia Pinello
Prof. Dr. Carla Aparecida Batista Lorigados
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  • radiology
  • ultrasound
  • computed tomography
  • magnetic resonance
  • scintigraphy
  • positron emission tomography
  • oncology
  • animals

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An Illustrated Scoping Review of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging Characteristics of Canine and Feline Brain Tumors
by James L. May, Josefa Garcia-Mora, Michael Edwards and John H. Rossmeisl
Animals 2024, 14(7), 1044; https://doi.org/10.3390/ani14071044 - 29 Mar 2024
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used pervasively in veterinary practice for the antemortem diagnosis of intracranial tumors. Here, we provide an illustrated summary of the published MRI features of primary and secondary intracranial tumors of dogs and cats, following PRISMA scoping review guidelines. [...] Read more.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is used pervasively in veterinary practice for the antemortem diagnosis of intracranial tumors. Here, we provide an illustrated summary of the published MRI features of primary and secondary intracranial tumors of dogs and cats, following PRISMA scoping review guidelines. The PubMed and Web of Science databases were searched for relevant records, and input from stakeholders was solicited to select data for extraction. Sixty-seven studies of moderate to low-level evidence quality describing the MRI features of pathologically confirmed canine and feline brain tumors met inclusion criteria. Considerable variability in data inclusion and reporting, as well as low case numbers, prohibited comparative data analyses. Available data support a holistic MRI approach incorporating lesion number, location within the brain, shape, intrinsic signal appearances on multiparametric sequences, patterns of contrast enhancement, and associated secondary changes in the brain to prioritize differential imaging diagnoses, and often allows for accurate presumptive diagnosis of common intracranial tumors. Quantitative MRI techniques show promise for improving discrimination of neoplastic from non-neoplastic brain lesions, as well as differentiating brain tumor types and grades, but sample size limitations will likely remain a significant practical obstacle to the design of robustly powered radiomic studies. For many brain tumor variants, particularly in cats, there remains a need for standardized studies that correlate clinicopathologic and neuroimaging data. Full article
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Planned Papers

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1. Tentative paper title: A neuroimaging review of canine and feline intracranial tumors

Authors: James L. May, Josefa K. Garcia Mora, John H. Rossmeisl

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