Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Offers New MRI Service

The new MRI replaces a previous system at New Bolton Center, installed in 2005 and used until recently.
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The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine’s (Penn Vet) New Bolton Center is now offering a new MRI system designed specifically for obtaining high-quality images in horses.

The O-Scan is a high-resolution MRI system for diagnostic imaging using a low-field magnet. The MRI is capable of imaging extremities, from the foot to the hock (tarsus) or knee (carpus). The system, manufactured by Esaote, can also be used for other large animals.

“We have undergone in depth training, including validating specific protocols, and are ready to admit patients for MRI evaluation,” said Barbara Dallap Schaer, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, ACVECC, New Bolton Center medical director. “We are excited about this addition to our imaging services and look forward to working on challenging cases.”

The MRI will be useful primarily for soft-tissue injuries associated with lameness, but will detect bone injury as well, Dallap Schaer said. It provides functional (inflammatory) information, in addition to anatomic data

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