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Volume 11 (1): 1- 9, 2007
Comparison of a non-invasive bio-telemetry shirt to whole body plethysmography in African green monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops).
MacLarty AM,a*, Nalca A,a Roy CJ,a†
aUnited States Army Medical Research
Institute of Infectious Diseases,
MacLarty AM, Nalca A, Roy CJ. Comparison of a non-invasive biotelemetry shirt to whole body plethysmography in African green monkeys (Chlorocebus aethiops) Online J Vet Res 11 (1): 1- 9, 2007. Continuous monitoring of physiological parameters such as respiration, ECG, activity, and temperature in large laboratory animals is an important tool for biomedical research and adequate veterinary care in preclinical research. Noninvasive technologies such as jackets and telemetry allow nonhuman primates to be observed in a more natural setting without the use of anesthesia. A biotelemetry shirt (LifeShirt®) is a clinical, noninvasive, ambulatory monitoring system that provides continuous data collection of respiration, ECG, activity, temperature, and other parameters in unrestrained animals. In this preliminary study, a biotelemetry shirt was compared to whole body plethysmography for respiratory function parameters in African green monkeys. The data indicated that the biotelemetry shirt system and plethysmography were comparable for respiratory parameters. In conclusion, the use of a shirt system may prove to be very beneficial for continuous respiratory parameter collection in conscious nonhuman primates.
KEYWORDS: Noninvasive biotelemetry, telemetry, Chlorocebus aethiops, African green monkey, respiratory, plethysmography.