It is hoped this project may help to shed further light on the painful condition called syringomyelia. Recent research has found two significant risk factors in head shape for syringomyelia. This study will focus on whether such risk factors in head shape can be identified visually.
Do you have a Kennel Club registered Cavalier that is over the age of five that you would be prepared to have MRI scanned at no cost to you?
If you can help we need photos from different angles in order to select dogs for the project. It would very much help us to assess the head shapes of the Cavaliers if we could be sent clear photos with uncluttered backgrounds and the head photographed in the right position. You can see below examples of the pictures required.
Please send in photos of as many dogs as you can (one dog per E-mail) to firstname.lastname@example.org
A selection of dogs will be offered free MRI scans. The identity of participating dogs will not be published.
Photo instructions: We need photos 1) from the side 2) from above 3) from the front.
Camera held at the height from the dog’s head from ground. The photos should be taken from straight angles, straight from the side etc. If possible only head should be in the frame, ear pulled down on the side view to not obscure head shape.
Upper line are examples of good photos, a neutral background and taken from the correct angles:
More details at http://cmsmresearchsweuk.se
Many thanks to all of those who are able to help
This initiative is funded by the Swedish Kennel Club and Cavalier Matters Charity (Rupert's Fund) and supported by the Cavalier Club UK and the Companion Cavalier Club.