Bearded dragon anatomy as seen with BriteVu

Jul 8, 2019 Off Comments in Reptiles
Bearded dragon anatomy as seen with BriteVu

The inland bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) lives in the arid to semi-arid regions of central to central-east Australia. Bearded dragons are common pets.  This is in part because of their docile behavior.  Captive bearded dragons are commonly affected by infectious diseases (such as agamid adenovirus), inbreeding and husbandry issues that lead to a variety of medical problems.  Considering how popular beardies are as pets, there is surprisingly limited anatomic information on this species.

BriteVu and BriteVu Enhancer, used in this bearded dragon, help identify the vascular system separate and distinct from other soft tissue structures.  BriteVu makes digital segmentation and gross anatomic observation of the blood vessels much easier.  The enhanced visualization allows for more accurate anatomic representation than that afforded by classic dissection alone.  The Epica Vimago CT scanner created 200 µm slice thickness sections.  False color highlights the different anatomic structures seen in the images.

Video showing bearded dragon perfused with BriteVu.

Video showing bearded dragon perfused with BriteVu superficial blood supply.