Launch of CT scanner designed for horses

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The Pegaso can scan all parts of a horse's anatomy. Images: Epica Medical Innovations
The Pegaso can scan all parts of a horse’s anatomy. Images: Epica Medical Innovations

The first CT scanner designed specially for horses has been developed by an American company.

Epica Medical Innovations has announced its Pegaso computed tomography scanner.

The firm says the scanner represents a major advance in diagnostic, interventional, and intraoperative imaging for horses.

It says the unit was built from the ground up to meet the imaging requirements of equine veterinarians.

The fully robotic machine includes a high-definition CT Scanner that also includes large field, high resolution fluoroscopy and digital X-ray.

Another operating mode for the Pegaso.
Another operating mode for the Pegaso.

Epica says the machine is mobile and can easily be moved around a veterinary practice.

The company says equine vets have long struggled with getting good equine CT images of horses, due to their size.

The 1.2 meter diameter of the variable geometry, tilting gantry will enable vets to perform a CT scan of a standing horse’s head and neck up to the C7 vertebrae.

Pegaso can scan any part of an anesthetized horse, with the video below demonstrating how that can be achieved.

Epica’s president, Greg Stoutenburgh, said the sole focus in designing the machine was solving the frustrations experienced by equine veterinarians trying to make the most of machines made for humans, in which they try to squeeze horses.

Stoutenburgh said the firm was not only able to design a machine specially for horses, but were able to reduce the radiation by 60-90 percent over standard CT. This, he said, made the Pegaso much safer for horses and clinicians.

An image created by the Pegaso CT scanner.
An image created by the Pegaso CT scanner.

“We believe this will change the face of veterinary medicine,” he said.

The drastic reduction of radiation will enable vets to use the device safely, even during operations.

The company is confident it will improve outcomes for horses.

The Pegaso features a resolution that is 1481 times higher than standard CT, the company says.

The superior image quality will help practitioners to provide more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. It will also allow horse owners to have a real-life three-dimensional view of their horse’s injuries or problems, helping them to make better decisions regarding care.

Dr Chris Kawcak, a professor in the Equine Orthopedic Research Center at Colorado State University, said be believed the device would change the imaging paradigm for horses.

The Pegaso is being marketed worldwide.

More information: Epicamed.com/products/pegaso

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