In vivo measurement of body parts and fat deposition in rabbits by MRI.


  • Gy. Köver Pannon Agricultural University
  • Zs. Szendrö Pannon Agricultural University
  • R. Romvári Pannon Agricultural University
  • J.F. Jensen The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University
  • P. Sorensen Danish Institute of Animal Science
  • G. Milisits Pannon Agricultural University



An experiment using Magnetic Resonance lmaging (MRI) tomography were done involving 87 rabbits of four genotypes, 12 or 16 weeks old. MRI was applied on the day before slaughter. The slices were taken in three orthogonal planes. The resulting pictures indicate that MRI provides very detailed slices. The volume of the fat deposit around the kidneys, the total body fat volume of the body and the muscle of the hind part was collected from the MRI pictures. Correlation coefficients were computed between the volume of the perirenal fat and its weight, the muscle volume of the hind part and its weight, the total body fat volume and the crude fat content. The correlation values were found to be very high (0.77 to 0.94) in the group of age 16 proving that the MRI tomograph is a excellent In vivo method to determine the volumes of fat and muscle. The lower correlation values in the group of age 12 (0.39 to 0.76) indicate that the MRI tomography is sensitive to the digital sampling errors.


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