[en] body composition ; body fatness ; meat composition ; ultrasound ; carcass composition ; Pietrain
[en] Real-time ultrasound data collection, consisting specifically of longissimus thoracis muscle echogenicity, was carried out on 80 Pietrain pigs (42 gilts and 34 barrows) using the Pie Medical scanner 200 equipped with an ASP-18 probe and 3.5 MHz to predict intramuscular fat. Two ribs thickness (12th and 13th ribs) was excised from the longissimus thoracis muscle for subsequent ether extract value (EE) determination. The percentage of white pixels in the ultrasound image were related to EE percentage. The EE percentages were 1.44, 1.37 and 1.15 % respectively for the homozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CC), heterozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CT) and homozygous stress-positive Pietrain (TT) individuals. The percentage of white pixels in the longissimus thoracis images were 9.98, 8.75 and 7.79 % respectively for CC, CT and TT genotypes. The barrows had an higher intramuscular fat and white pixel percentage than the gilts. The determination coefficient (R 2) of the EE prediction model originating from the white pixels percentage was 0.35 with a root mean squared error of 0.26 %. These performance could be potentially improved using the calibration phantom of the ASP-18 probe, before taking images.