Computed tomography-based survey of the vascular anatomy of the juvenile Göttingen minipig

Lab Anim. 2017 Aug;51(4):388-396. doi: 10.1177/0023677216680238. Epub 2016 Dec 8.


Over the past 50 years, image-guided procedures have been established for a wide range of applications. The development and clinical translation of new treatment regimens necessitate the availability of suitable animal models. The juvenile Göttingen minipig presents a favourable profile as a model for human infants. However, no information can be found regarding the vascular system of juvenile minipigs in the literature. Such information is imperative for planning the accessibility of target structures by catheterization. We present here a complete mapping of the arterial system of the juvenile minipig based on contrast-enhanced computed tomography. Four female animals weighing 6.13 ± 0.72 kg were used for the analyses. Imaging was performed under anaesthesia, and the measurement of the vascular structures was performed independently by four investigators. Our dataset forms a basis for future interventional studies in juvenile minipigs, and enables planning and refinement of future experiments according to the 3R (replacement, reduction and refinement) principles of animal research.

Keywords: 3Rs; animal model; circulatory physiology; pigs.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Blood Vessels / anatomy & histology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Models, Animal
  • Regional Blood Flow
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Swine
  • Swine, Miniature / anatomy & histology*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*