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Recent studies have shown something called epiphyseal cartilage necrosis—lesions caused by lack of blood flow to joints—is the radiographically invisible precursor to juvenile osteochondritis dissecans.

The challenge arises from the unpredictability of swine influenza infections becoming zoonotic and, in some instances, turning into a human pandemic like the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak.

About 250,000 Americans require a hip replacement each year, 10 percent of which are caused by a hip disorder that can affect children or adults called osteonecrosis of the femoral head.

The analyses make use of radiomics, an emerging method that uses data-characterization algorithms to extract features from medical imaging like CT. This is believed to be the first such liver-mass study in dogs.

Editor's noteIt appears no field—least of all medicine—is spared from the increasing need to digitize and analyze greater and greater amounts of data, and radiomics is one of the new, sophisticated tools that allows medical professionals to do so. Though radiomics has shown good promise in diagnosing human masses, little has been published on radiomics-related studies of canine lung and liver tumors. Here is a glimpse into a study indicating the method holds promise for animal health, much as it appears to for humans.


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