New Bolton Center Pioneers Revolutionary Robotics-Controlled Equine Imaging System

(upbeat music) – We’re New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large animal
hospital and we’re really excited to launch our Equimagine
4DDI CT imaging system to change the face
of equine imaging. There’s a lot of aspects of
equine biomechanics that we don’t understand. The limb in motion,
there’s a lot of forces that occur and we
don’t know how that translates into the
risk for injury and this will allow us to assess that. – The really thrilling part
of this is that we hope to be able to get these
three dimensional images in a horse that’s standing. The idea is that they
will not have to be placed under general anesthesia
to do the majority of the studies. – From a clinical standpoint, we will literally see things
that we’ve never seen before. – We’re not only going
to find new, specific abnormalities and
new characterizations of those but we also
think that the opportunity that 3D imaging
provides is precision. – The ability of the
resolution is much higher, and we’ll be able to
detect injuries hopefully at much earlier stages
and prevent things that could be fatal
either to the horse or honestly, to the rider. – One of the most important
diseases of Thoroughbred racehorses is that they
develop certain types of stress fractures that
are very difficult to diagnose and characterize. This technology has the
potential to diagnose those early enough that
we can recognize them, manage them and help
prevent the horse from suffering a catastrophic
breakdown on the racetrack. Another really exciting
role that we think we can play here at
New Bolton Center is to provide an avenue for
translational work. – And the problems that
we’re going to solve here today, which is
basically acquiring images with a significant
amount of motion in a standing horse, those
very same solutions can translate into
the human market. Instead of a child
having to be anesthetized and having an image
performed of its head or its chest, they can
sit there on their iPad and talk to their parents
and have the image performed in 30 seconds. So that’s one of the
translational pieces that we hope to bring to Penn. – 4DDI is very
proud to be part of the Penn University Consortium. We’re only touching the
elements of automation that will be brought into
medicine with technology like that. – Penn is very excited
to have this opportunity. For sure this is the first
installation of this kind in a veterinary school,
and we’re really looking forward to seeing
what we can do with it.

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