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Benjamin Young

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Veterinary Specialist
Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Imaging
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At a Glance

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My Pets:

Pigeon - Dog

Dr. Young earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1996 and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2000 at Colorado State University. He completed an equine ambulatory internship and subsequently accepted a lecturer position, also at Colorado State University. He then completed a residency in diagnostic imaging and a Master of Science degree at The Ohio State University in 2006. His board certification as a radiologist was achieved the same year.

Dr. Young joined the faculty at Texas A&M University, where for nearly eight years he was a member of the diagnostic imaging section. He served as the section chief of radiology from 2009 through 2013. In addition to clinical radiology, he has a number of publications which mainly involve MRI of brain disease in dogs. He is active in the American College of Veterinary Radiology and was previously a member of the national examination committee that awards board certification for veterinary radiologists.

Papers Authored
Comparison of Two Fat-Suppressed Magnetic Resonance Imaging Pulse Sequences to Standard t2-weighted Images for Brain Parenchymal Contrast and Lesion Detection in Dogs With Inflammatory Intracranial Disease
Abstract: The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the effect of fat suppression on brain parenchymal contrast resolution and lesion detection in dogs. We compared three sequences: T2w images, STIR, and T2w FLAIR with chemical fat suppression (T2-FLAIR-FS) in dogs with meningoencephalitis.
Authored: Young BD, Mankin JM, Griffin JF, Fosgate GT, Fowler JL, Levine JM
Published: Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2015;56:204–211
Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis in Atypical Dog Breeds: A Case Series and Literature Review
Abstract: Our objective was to describe histopathologically confirmed NME in dog breeds in which the condition has not been reported previously and to provide preliminary evidence that NME affects a wider spectrum of dog breeds than previously reported.
Authored: Cooper JJ, Schatzberg SJ, Vernau KM, Summers BA, Porter BF, Siso S, Young BD, Levine JM
Published: J Vet Intern Med 2014;28:198–203
Comparison Between Noncontrast Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Detection and Characterization of Thoracolumbar Myelopathy Caused by Intervertebral Disk Herniation in Dogs
Abstract: The purpose of this prospective study was to compare diagnostic sensitivity and observer agreement for MRI and CT in a group of dogs with thoracolumbar myelopathy due to surgically confirmed intervertebral disk herniation (IVDH). 
Authored: Cooper JJ, Young BD, Griffin JF 4th, Fosgate GT, Levine JM
Published: Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2014;55:182-9
Comparison of Intraosseous and Peripheral Venous Fluid Dynamics in the Desert Tortoise (Gopherus Agassizii)
Abstract: The goal of this study was to describe and compare the efficacy of four intraosseous catheter sites (humerus, femur, plastocarapacial junction [bridge], and gular region of the plastron) to jugular catheterization. 
Authored: Young BD, Stegeman N, Norby B, Heatley JJ
Published: J Zoo and Wildlife Medicine 2012;43:59-66
Evaluation of Standard Magnetic Resonance Characteristics Used to Differentiate Neoplastic, Inflammatory, and Vascular Brain Lesions in Dogs
Abstract: The purpose of this retrospective study was to evaluate MR characteristics that have been used to differentiate neoplastic, inflammatory, and vascular intracranial diseases in a large, multi-institutional population of dogs.
Authored: Young BD, Fosgate GT, Holmes SP, Wolff CA, Chen-Allen AV, Kent M, Platt SR, Savage MY, Schatzberg SJ, Levine JM
Published: Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2014;55:399-406
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Characteristics of Necrotizing Meningoencephalitis in Pug Dogs
Abstract: To describe common MRI features of NME, to compare the MRI features to histopathologic findings, and to determine whether or not MRI lesions are predictive of survival time.
Authored: Young BD, Levine JM, Fosgate GT, de Lahunta A, Flegel T, Matiasek K, Miller A, Silver G, Sharp N, Greer K, Schatzberg SJ
Published: J Vet Intern Med 2009;23:527–535
Magnetic Resonance Imaging Features of Intracranial Astrocytomas and Oligodendrogliomas in Dogs
Abstract: Astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas represent one third of histologically confirmed canine brain tumors. Our purpose was to describe the magnetic resonance (MR) imaging features of histologically confirmed canine intracranial astrocytomas and oligodendrogliomas and to examine for MR features that differentiate these tumor types. 
Authored: Young BD, Levine JM, Porter BF, Chen-Allen AV, Rossmeisl JH, Platt SR, Kent M, Fosgate GT, Schatzberg SJ
Published: Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2011;52:132-141
MRI Characteristics of Cerebral Microbleeds in Four Dogs
Abstract: Cerebral microbleeds in people are small foci of hemosiderin-containing macrophages in normal brain parenchyma. They are the remnant of previous hemorrhage and occur with greater frequency in older individuals. Our purpose was to describe the magnetic resonance (MR) appearance of cerebral microbleeds in four dogs. 
Authored: Fulkerson CV, Young BD, Jackson ND, Porter B, Levine JM
Published: Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2012; 53:389-393
Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Differentiation of Neoplastic, Inflammatory, and Cerebrovascular Brain Disease in Dogs
Abstract: To estimate sensitivity, specificity, and interÔÇÉrater agreement of MRI for classifying histologically confirmed neoplastic, inflammatory, and cerebrovascular brain disease in dogs.
Authored: Wolff CA, Holmes SP, Young BD, Chen AV, Kent M, Platt SR, Savage MY, Schatzberg SJ, Fosgate GT, Levine JM
Published: J Vet Intern Med 2012;26:589-97
Intracranial Magnetic Resonance Imaging Artifacts and Pseudolesions in Dogs and Cats
Abstract: For the purpose of this review, imaging artifacts are considered to be nonpathologic abnormalities resulting from study design, intrinsic tissue characteristics, or external factors, while MRI pseudolesions are due to normal anatomic variation. 
Authored: Cooper JJ, Young BD, Hoffman A, Bratton G, Hicks DG, Tidwell A, Levine JM
Published: Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2010; 51:587-595
Extruded Gallbladder Mucoceles Have Characteristic Ultrasonographic Features and Extensive Migratory Capacity in Dogs
Abstract: Limited information is available on the ultrasonographic characteristics of extruded gallbladder mucoceles. The objective of this retrospective case series study was to describe the ultrasonographic features of extruded gallbladder mucoceles in a group of dogs. 
Authored: Soppet J, Young BD, Griffin JF, Gilmour LJ, Heffelman V, Tucker-Mohl K, Biller DS, Wolff CA, Spaulding KA
Published: Vet Radiol Ultrasound 2018;744-748. https://doi.org/10.1111/vru.12673
Thoracic and Lumbar Spinal Cord Diffusion Tensor Imaging in Dogs
Abstract: To analyze four clinically applicable diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) protocols (two each in the transverse and sagittal planes) in the normal dog.
Authored: Griffin JF 4th, Cohen ND, Young BD, Eichelberger BM, Padua A Jr, Purdy D, Levine JM
Published: J Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2013;37:632-41
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Interventional Radiology

What Is A Veterinary Radiologist?

A board certified specialist in veterinary radiology is a licensed veterinarian who has obtained intensive, additional training in all aspects of radiology, such as radiographs (x-rays), ultrasonography, CT, MRI, nuclear medicine, and biopsy techniques. A veterinary radiologist is trained to make optimal use of sophisticated, high tech equipment that can aid in the diagnosis and proper treatment of many serious diseases.

Specialists in veterinary radiology typically work in support of general practitioner veterinarians and other specialists. The signs of disease on a veterinary x-ray or ultrasound are often very subtle. It can take significant expertise to read these subtle signs. However, they are less likely to be missed or misinterpreted if an expert in veterinary radiology is consulted.

Why Does My Pet Need To Be Referred to A Veterinary Radiologist?

Specialists in veterinary radiology frequently work in a support role with general practitioner veterinarians or other types of specialists in order to help:

  • Pinpoint a diagnosis
  • Confirm a course of treatment
  • Identify traumatic injuries
  • Provide additional expertise or a second opinion by reviewing routine x-rays, ultrasounds, etc.
  • Assist in performing biopsies or fine needle aspirates
  • Provide radiation treatment to pets with cancer

Some general practices have board certified veterinary radiologists on staff within their own hospitals. In other cases, general practitioners will consult with or refer patients to veterinary radiologists at referral practices. While many general practitioners routinely take radiographs or offer ultrasonography in their own practices, board certified radiologists are frequently needed for additional consultation. Thanks to the magic of telemedicine, veterinary radiologists can also review images and offer consultation remotely to any practice via the Internet.

When a pet needs a CT scan, an MRI, or radiation treatment, these types of sophisticated medical services typically can be obtained at veterinary imaging referral centers or university sites staffed by boarded specialists. Due to the expense of the equipment and the specialized training required, these types of services are generally available only at such referral facilities.

While your general practitioner veterinarian can handle many aspects of your pet's care, just as in human medicine, there is sometimes a need for the attention of a specialist to either take over the pet's treatment or work in tandem with the doctor as veterinary radiologists typically do. You can be assured that a veterinarian who knows when to refer you and your pet for more specialized diagnostic work or treatment is one that is caring and committed to ensuring that your pet receives the highest standard of medical care for his or her problem.

Will My Regular Veterinarian Still Be Involved In My Pet's Care?

Yes. In almost all cases, your regular veterinarian will still supervise your pet's veterinary care. Veterinary radiologists typically work in concert with general practitioner veterinarians and other specialists to diagnose and treat pet's injuries and illnesses. They help provide your primary care veterinarian with additional information about your pet's health status.

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