VCOT 2/2014

Animal models are quite often used for the testing of new implants and surgical procedures, and quite often the sheep is used due to their similar body weight to humans, they are sufficiently large to allow serial sampling and multiple experimental procedures, and the skeletal and vascular anatomy is similar, which makes them a good model for spinal injury studies.  However, in order to interpret the results of spinal injury studies, extensive knowledge of the ovine spinal dimensions is essential. The study by M. Mageed at all had the aim of obtaining quantitative morphometrical data of the thoracolumbular dural sac in sheep and to determine the relationship between the dural sac and vertebral canal. For more information, see this article Opens external link in new windowhere.