duPont Scott Equine Medical Center Gets High-Def CT Scanner

The new unit allows veterinarians to perform high-definition CT scans on standing or recumbent (lying down) horses.
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Virginia Tech’s Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center (EMC), in Leesburg, has obtained a new high-definition computed tomography (CT) scanner to allow enhanced imaging capabilities for equine patients.

The Pegaso High-Definition CT, which is the first of its kind on the East Coast, allows veterinarians and staff at the center to perform high-definition CT scans on horses while standing or recumbent (lying down).

“We are very excited to offer this advanced technology for safer and clearer diagnoses of our equine patients,” said Mike Erskine, DVM, Dipl. ABVP, EMC director. The EMC is a part of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

When a patient undergoes a CT scan, multiple X rays are taken at different angles to produce cross-sectional images, allowing a clinician to see inside the body. The new imaging technology provides 3-D images at resolutions several orders of magnitude higher than a conventional CT but with less radiation

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