Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center Offers New MRI System

The new MRI system — O-Scan — is designed specifically for obtaining high-quality images in horses.

Penn Vet’s New Bolton Center is now offering a new MRI system, the O-Scan, designed specifically for obtaining high-quality images in horses.

University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

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 new MRI replaces an older system that was installed in 2005.

Penn Vet, which made the announcement in late July, describes the O-Scan as a high-resolution MRI system for diagnostic imaging that uses a low-field magnet. The MRI is capable of imaging extremities, from the foot to the hock or knee, according to Penn Vet. 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, 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, Dr. Dallap Schaer said. It provides functional (inflammatory) information, in addition to anatomic data.

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