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Normal echoanatomy of the red-eared slider terrapin (Trachemys scripta elegans)
  1. J. Martorell, DVM, MS,
  2. Y. Espada, DVM, PhD and
  3. R. Ruiz de Gopegui, DVM, PhD, DECVIM-CA1
  1. 1 Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Autonomous University of Barcelona, 08193 Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain


Thirty red-eared slider terrapins (Trachemys scripta elegans) were examined by ultrasound to establish the normal ultrasonographic appearance of their coelomic structures. They were not sedated, and owing to their small size they were examined through the inguinal window of the carapace. High resolution transducers (7.5 and 11 MHz) enhanced the ultrasonographic imaging of the bowel, urinary bladder, liver, gall bladder, heart, kidney and gonads, but the pancreas, adrenal glands, thyroid glands and spleen could not be visualised.

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