Validation of a prototype cow-side instrument for the measurement of blood ionized calcium concentrations in dairy cattle

Authors

  • R. C. Neves Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • T. Stokol Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853
  • M. D. Curler Dairy Health & Management Services, Lowville, NY 13367
  • M. J. Thomas Dairy Health & Management Services, Lowville, NY 13367
  • J. A. A. McArt Department of Population Medicine & Diagnostic Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.21423/aabppro20153583

Keywords:

field measurement, blood calcium, ionized, instrument

Abstract

There is currently no efficient and inexpensive method for field measurement of blood calcium concentrations. Ionized calcium (iCa) is the homeostatic form of the mineral and is thought to have greater biological relevance over that of total calcium. The objective of this study was to evaluate the linearity and precision of a prototype cow-side instrument (Horiba, Japan) for measuring blood iCa concentrations.

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Published

2015-09-17

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Research Summaries 2