The High-Tech Vet

Today, equine veterinarians can diagnose and treat disease with more speed and certainty than ever thanks
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Today, equine veterinarians can diagnose and treat disease with more speed and certainty than ever thanks to an array of increasingly sophisticated technologies. The digitization of clinical information has had a profound impact on the quality of veterinary care and how veterinarians consult with one another and communicate information to clients.

Diagnostic Imaging

Diagnostic imaging has evolved rapidly in the last five years. "The biggest change is the diversity of things we can look at," says Anthony Pease, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVR, section chief of diagnostic imaging at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. "Everything that we do now is computerized, whether it’s ultrasound, nuclear medicine, MRI, or CT."

Computed Tomography (CT) Computed tomography uses radiographs (X rays) and image processing software to generate three-dimensional images of body structures. "CT allows us to really evaluate bone, because it is still X ray technology," says Pease. Unlike a radiograph, which provides a two-dimensional image, CT displays structures in three dimensions by taking pictures in "slices

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Nancy Zacks holds an M.S. in Science Journalism from the Boston University College of Communication. She grew up in suburban Philadelphia where she learned to ride over fields and fences in nearby Malvern, Pa. When not writing, she enjoys riding at an eventing barn, drawing and painting horses, volunteering at a therapeutic riding program, and walking with Lilly, her black Labrador Retriever.

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