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Newly upgraded MRI imaging capabilities are here!
Now offering astonishingly vivid MRI imagery for the ultimate in diagnostics
Below a figure depicting a front foot MRI labelled with its anatomic structures on sagittal plane.
MRI Imaging sample below depicting a deep flexor tendon tear at the level of the pastern (green arrows) on a front foot (transverse and sagittal planes respectively).
Computed Tomography (CT) has become an important tool in diagnostic medical imaging since the 1970’s. More recently CT has been used for preventative medicine and screening for a variety of diseases in humans. In Veterinary Medicine, CT is commonly used to image the head & brain, lungs, spine, abdominal & pelvic areas, and extremities. Additionally, contrast can be used in a variety of imaging studies as well.
CT imaging is very important tool in diagnosing and planning fracture repair in horses because of the multiplanar reconstruction (MPR) views and the 3 dimensional reconstruction (3D Recon) capabilities.
In the recent past, especially for horses, CT imaging had to be performed under general anesthesia. And since limb fractures in horses are fairly common, recovery from general anesthesia could worsen and even cause catastrophic injury to the affected limb during recovery.
The Robotic CT at the Western Veterinary Hospital is designed to perform CT scans with the horse sedated in the standing position (no general anesthesia). Once the horse is properly positioned the CT scan only takes 30 seconds and it generates about 15 frames per second!!! It means >450 images in 30 seconds, with multiplanar (sagittal, dorsal and transverse) views and 3D Recon images with soft tissue subtraction and manipulation capabilities that are amazing. See video below.
This technology is advancing as we speak!!! In the near future we may be able to scan horses while they move on a treadmill and evaluate their joints in motion.
Below a 3D Recon video depicting a dog with a femoral and pelvic fracture
Please call the Western Veterinary Hospital at (325) 703-6450 or check our website:
http://westernveterinaryhospitalpllc.com to see how the Robotic CT scan is performed in its entirety.
Gary D. Hodges, DVM, CEO
Al Bueno, MV, MS, DACVS