Equine CT Table

(Chris) Hello and welcome to Horsin’ Around. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins at Kansas State University Veterinary Health Center, today with Dr. Beth Davis. Welcome. Dr. Davis is a professor and a Section Head here in Equine at Kansas State University Health Center. And today we’re going to talk about something fairly exciting here in the Equine Section and that’s a CT Table for horses. What is a CT Table for horses? Cause some people would be like, well it looks kinda…they might recognize it in their own hospital. (Beth) Right, yep. That’s a great question. And so we think about CT and advanced imaging capabilities and most of the instruments that are available are designed for people, understandably. So it’s easy to adapt those instruments for use in small animal patients. But when we work with our equine patients unfortunately we can be a little bit limited. And so we’re very fortunate that there is an Equine CT Table available. So, we recently acquired ours, so it’s right behind us and it is adapted to the small animal table, but it fits over it and it allows us to get the same kind of images that we could get if we were looking at a person or a small animal patient. (Chris) This is a big thing, and some people may not know about that aspect until you actually have potentially a horse that maybe would need to be used for it. And what kind of things could a horse get imaged for on this CT Table? (Beth) Yea, that’s a good point as well and so we think about it for things that we might start with radiographs, or conventionally we may have taken X-rays, but it allows us to get really nice images of the head, of dental structures, horses that have sinus disease. But we can also look at limbs, extremities. So, we can look at the lower limb. We can get on the front leg up to the carpus or the knee as some horse owners call it. Or up to the hock on the back leg. So, really good for distal extremities as well. (Chris) And the amount of detail that they get from this is just phenomenal, I think from an imaging, diagnostic and potentially doing other treatments using CT. What would be I guess, some images that they could get or extrapolate from using this type of table. (Beth) Yea, so the imaging, the quality is incredible. This is a 16 slice CT. So, we can get really finite detail on the structures. The other capability is that we can do what’s called 3D reconstruction. So we can take what would normally look like a 2D image and actually put all of the images that have been collected together to get 3D imaging. So, essentially to make a model of the patient that we’re looking at. And what that allows us to do is then to go in and perform different procedures or therapies, maybe an injection, maybe a repair of a fracture. And this ability to image with this machine allows us to do that at a much higher level. (Chris) Higher quality medicine. Better thing for the patient themselves and for that client. This table wasn’t inexpensive by no means. And I guess some people don’t realize the aspects of well, we just bought it. Well what did the vet school or Veterinary Health Center have to do to get this table? (Beth) Right. It was a team effort for sure. So, we are very fortunate to have support from the hospital, from the College of Veterinary Medicine, but also from horse owners and horse enthusiasts in the state of Kansas. And so we had a group of people approximately two years ago that helped us put together a fund raiser. And that fund raising event, we’re so appreciative of all the people that helped us with that cause. That’s in large part what allowed us to get this Equine CT Table. It was a huge effort and a huge success. (Chris) Well, we sure appreciate all the support from everybody around, that is for sure. And so, owners might say, “Hey, I think my horse may need to use this table.” Maybe it would, maybe it wouldn’t and come through referral or even come in here at the hospital. How would that all entail as far as if a horse needed to use a CT Table? (Beth) Right. Exactly. So, we want to start at square one, so starting usually with either your veterinarian at home or coming to the vet school and having your horse evaluated, determining what sort of testing needs to be performed and then decide whether or not a CT is appropriate. But absolutely, we welcome the opportunity to work with veterinarians and horse owners throughout the state to provide them with advanced imaging that we now have. (Chris) That is great. Well, if they ever want to know more information about the CT Table, or Dr. Davis or myself or anything here at the Veterinary Health Center, you can sure go to our website at www.vet.k-state.edu and go to the Veterinary Health Center and they can learn more information about all this information and great diagnostics we have here at the vet school. I’m Dr. Chris Blevins with Horsin’ Around and we’ll see you around.

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