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1 March 2004 ASSESSMENT OF ULTRASOUND IMAGING AS A NONINVASIVE MEASURE OF BLUBBER THICKNESS IN PINNIPEDS
Jo-Ann E. Mellish, Pamela A. Tuomi, Markus Horning
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Portable ultrasound imaging was examined as a noninvasive measure of skin including blubber thickness in captive subadult Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) and adult harbor seals (Phoca vitulina). This method was validated through comparison with blubber biopsy. Ultrasound images provided depth measurements that were accurate to 99.8% of the actual. This method allowed clear images of the epidermis, dermis, and blubber layer to be rapidly obtained, with minimal animal restraint, and allowed differentiation of phocid and otariid blubber structure.

Jo-Ann E. Mellish, Pamela A. Tuomi, and Markus Horning "ASSESSMENT OF ULTRASOUND IMAGING AS A NONINVASIVE MEASURE OF BLUBBER THICKNESS IN PINNIPEDS," Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 35(1), 116-118, (1 March 2004). https://doi.org/10.1638/03-028
Received: 19 March 2003; Published: 1 March 2004
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