BodyTom® CT

Mobile, 32-slice

Equine CT

The Only Equine CT On The Market That Checks All The Boxes

  • Standing Skulls
  • Full Cervical Spines
  • Standing Limbs

The Big Picture

CT is an emerging frontier in equine medicine. But there is a LOT that goes into making a horse fit into a circle and making that circle fit into your practice. SOUND has leveraged its 20+ years in equipment experience along with the strong manufacturer relationships we’ve fostered along the way to bring this new advanced imaging from “great on paper” to logistically feasible in the real world. 

Stated simply, there are three things you want to be able to do with CT in equine practice. To see motivation, the development, and the final solution for each, click the relevant section below, or simply keep scrolling.

STANDING SKULLS

Clinical Application/Necessity

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Co-development/Collaboration

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Final Streamlined Workflow

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FULL CERVICAL SPINE

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STANDING DISTAL LIMBS

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Mobile Equine CT: See More. Do More.

CT is letting equine veterinarians see deeper and more clearly into anatomy than ever before, teaching us more each day about new pathologies and how best to treat them.

The Full Skull: Without Obstruction

CT is ideal for evaluating bones of the head, avoiding the superimposition that is seen on a standard radiograph.

  • Temporohyoid Osteoarthropathy (THO)
  • Sinusitis
  • Otitis
  • Fractures
  • Nasal tumors
  • Dental issues

CROSS-SECTIONAL IMAGING with SIGNIFICANT dental, sinus, brain and soft tissue detail

New Territory: CAUDAL HALF of the Cervical Spine

CT myelography represents a new frontier of neurological imaging, not only for the increased diagnostic ability, but also for the advantage of visualizing the spine in 3-D.

  • Intervertebral foramina 
  • Lateralizing lesions
  • Subchondral bone defects 
  • Multifocal articular process irregularities

The MAJORITY of these pathologies live in the CAUDAL HALF of the cervical spine

DISTAL LIMBS: Orthopedic & Soft Tissue

For Sports Medicine CT provides the best of both worlds in its ability to provide unparalleled bone detail with very useful levels of soft tissue contrast.

  • Fractures
  • Navicular lesions
  • Suspensory desmitis
  • Vascularization of abnormal soft tissue

EXQUISITE BONE DETAIL is with CT relative to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

From a Partner You Can Trust with 20+ Years of Equine Development

There is much involved in developing solutions for such a large, oblong animal as a horse. It takes years of expertise and relationships to tackle such a massive project. Below is an outline of some of the work done to get BodyTom where it is today.

Pit/Lift Systema

combined with

Radiolucent Table

Objectives:

  • Sufficient coverage to image through C1/C2 consistently and comfortably
  • Full Vertical Traverse: with a full 2’ of travel up/down
  • Adjustable in both the horse and the head positions
  • Multiple Entry/Exit Points with easy access to the patient from all sides
  • Comfortable Support for the chin/head of the patient during scanning

Obstacles:

  • Stability: Supporting a 1,500 lb animal with no “wobble”
  • Vibration & Noise: Avoiding “jerky” or loud motion that would upset the patient
  • Containment: Balancing sturdy containment while allowing emergency escape
  • Relative Positioning: Aligning stocks along the edge of the pit to allow close marriage to the scanner; with table castors that can fit under the scanner.
  • Variability: Adjusting for horses of different sizes

Custom Radiolucent Neck Extender

compatible with

Shanks Dorsal/Lateral or Surgery Table

Objectives:

  • Extending the T1/T2 Junction all the way to BodyTom’s scan plane
  • Avoiding the need to for another table on the opposite side of the scanner
  • Versatile enough to accommodate multiple recumbencies/ applications
  • Quick & Easy set-up and break-down

Obstacles:

  • Weight Distribution: Keeping the Shanks table balanced with the majority of the horse off the table
  • Load Bearing: Ensuring the extender could handle the weight of the withers 
  • Radiolucency: Avoiding any metal artifact in the scanner’s field of view
  • Compatibility: Marrying the extender to multiple tables at multiple sites

Pit/Lift System

combined with

Custom Limb Holder

Objectives:

  • Forelimbs through the Fetlock; Hindlimbs through the Hock
  • Full Vertical Traverse: with a full 2’ of travel up/down
  • Comfortable Support for limb and the head for extension during scanning
  • Easy Access to the limb from the opposite side of the scanner

Obstacles:

  • Stability: Supporting a 1,500 lb animal with no “wobble”
  • Stance Comfort: Accounting for the head/chest during limb extension
  • Adjustability: Being able to move the stand in/out/up/down to accommodate  
  • Reaching the Scan Plane: Aligning edge of the pit as close to the scanner as possible

Streamlining Workflow Like No Others Can

The fruits of our labor. See below how we’ve “checked all the boxes” and made BodyTom into a
Clinically useful, Logistically streamlines, Advanced imaging machine.

Scanning SKULLS under STANDING SEDATION

Now a full skull scan can be done in under 10 minutes:

  • SEDATION and positioning: 5 minutes
  • Scout scans: 2 minutes 
  • CT scan: 30 seconds 
  • Walk the horse out and clean up: 2 minutes
  • IMAGE RECONSTRUCTION: before the horse is out of the room 

With this ease of workflow, you might as well do a CT instead of a multi-view DR study

Scanning the FULL CERVICAL SPINE

Now you can CONSISTENTLY scan:

  • Where the PATHOLOGIES live
  • Through the C7/T1 junction
  • To the T1/T2 junction on some breeds
  • Full CT MYELOGRAMS
  • In under 20 MINUTES

The DEEPEST structures with DIAGNOSTIC quality EVERY TIME

Scanning LIMBS under STANDING SEDATION

Now WITHOUT GENERAL ANESTHESIA you can:

  • Scan the FORELIMB up to the FETLOCK
  • Scan the HINDLIMB up to the HOCK

Now WITH GENERAL ANESTHESIA you can:

  • Perform PRE-OP surgical planning
  • Scan POST-OP to confirm alignment and stability

We as young business owners are always trying to be innovative and incorporating BodyTom was one way for us to do that. We installed and incorporated BodyTom in September of 2015 we found that there was a strong need for computer tomography relating specifically to imaging of the head, neck, and distal extremities.

It's been a huge component of our practice since then. For Sports Medicine cases we have put a lot of distal extremities through there and have seen a lot of benefits, both for soft tissue and for bone. We're picking up on things that we were not able to see following our routine lameness exams and blocks, especially after radiographs, that we're finding later when we CT. We like to use arterial contrast to enhance the soft tissue imaging, and it really accentuates the lesions for us, especially the acute lesions.

We were one of the first clinics in the world to be able to image the cervical spine successfully all the way down to T1. Cervical spine pathology has already been shown to be in the caudal cervical spine, so being able to uniquely see back to that level has been a huge push for the clinic as well as for an advancement for spinal imaging and horses.

With our standing head CTs, the skull imaging is extremely high quality, so we're able to see very detailed imaging of the dental structures, the sinuses, and then especially when we have other pathologies such as THO we're able to uniquely see those types of incidents.

Nick Huggons, DVM DACVS & Korin Potenza, DVM CVACo-Directors San Luis Rey Equine Hospital

CT has been a wonderful addition to our practice. We have used it for pre-operative surgical planning and intra-operative guidance and have found that our fracture repair capabilities have been enhanced. This has been true in areas as diverse as PI fractures, foal rib fractures, and skull trauma.

The ability to image the entire cervical spine has been eye-opening. We have been able to diagnose a variety of conditions including intervertebral foramen narrowing, osteochondrosis, osteoarthritis, and spinal cord compression that we were not able to assess well with radiography. We are hopeful that the increased diagnostic capabilities in the cervical spine region will lead to more targeted therapies and improved outcomes.

Horses tolerate standing CT of their head with sedation remarkably well. The advantages of CT as compared to radiography in the head are dramatic. Skull radiographs are notoriously difficult to interpret and we can obtain cross sectional images in a standing horse in the same amount of time as it takes to obtain radiographic images, so it’s not much of a contest.

Katie Garrett, DVM DACVSDirector of Diagnostic Imaging Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital

The mobility of this CT, the exceptional image quality and the unit’s ability to capture complex anatomy make it a powerful tool in providing accurate diagnoses to our clients. The BodyTom consistently and quickly delivers impactful information for orthopedic, neurologic, and dental cases, helping us build comprehensive treatment plans for the horses we see.

Troy Herthel, DVM DACVS-LACo-Owner Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center

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