High-tech scanner is a WA first November 13, 2013 The Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital (MUVH) has unveiled a high-tech diagnostic tool – the first of its kind in Western Australia. Murdoch staff guide their first CT scanner patient onto the equine-capable table. The new computed tomography scanner, commonly known as a CT scanner, is large enough to accommodate horses, as well as smaller animals. “This will allow us to look at bones and soft tissue in greater detail, significantly improving our ability to diagnose a variety of diseases,” said radiologist Dr David Reese, Head of Diagnostic Imaging at MUVH. “It’s an invaluable diagnostic tool, and it’s great to have it here in WA.” It’s expected the CT scanner will benefit horses with sinus disease, dental disease, head and neck trauma, lower limb fractures and lameness. “The lower limbs of a horse are difficult to investigate, because the hoof prevents us from getting a clear picture using other diagnostic imaging tools,” Dr Reese said. “With the CT scanner, we can manipulate the images giving us a more detailed look at problem areas. “We can also inject a special dye, called contrast, which allows us to assess blood vessels, diseased tendons and other tissues.” The scanner and equine-capable table were imported from Germany and the United States. The new facility cost $550,000 and was funded by generous donations to the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust. Before the machine was installed, injured horses were sometimes assessed using tissue biopsy, X-ray or ultrasound. Horses previously had to be transported interstate for CT scans. “By having a machine like this available locally, horse owners will save a lot of time and money,” said Hospital Director Dr Mark Lawrie. “This machine also scans quickly, reducing the amount of time a horse has to be under anaesthesia and in turn, reducing some of the risks associated with that.” In addition to being a diagnosis tool, the CT scanner will also be used for teaching and especially research. For more information, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Candice Barnes Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Teaching and Learning, Future Students, International students, Research, Schools, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Research Tags: computed tomography, ct scanner, david reese, equine, mark lawrie, murdoch university veterinary hospital, murdoch university veterinary trust Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!