Equine PET Scanner Making Big Strides at Santa Anita Park

July 01, 2020
The equine Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner pioneered by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging, is now in heavy use at Santa Anita Park in Southern California. In just over six months since the installation in December 2019, with the financial support from the Stronach Group, more than 100 scans have been performed with the “MILEPET” (Molecular Imaging of Limbs in Equids), the PET scanner specifically designed to acquire images on horses without the need to lay them down.

Dr. Mathieu Spriet Becomes Founding Member of Equine Imaging Specialty

December 13, 2019
Dr. Mathieu Spriet, an associate professor in the Department of Surgical and Radiological Sciences, recently passed boarding examinations to become a founding member of the American College of Veterinary Radiology’s (ACVR) new subspecialty of Equine Diagnostic Imaging.

Standing Equine PET Scanner Now Ready for Clinical Use on Racehorses in Training

November 19, 2019
The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging, has completed the first phase of the validation of the MILE-PET, the first positron emission tomography (PET) scanner specifically designed to image the limbs of standing horses, using light sedation, eliminating the need for anesthesia.

UC Davis Successfully Performs First Scans with PET System Specifically Designed for Racehorses

October 15, 2019
With a goal of bringing imaging technology directly to the racetrack, UC Davis veterinary researchers are helping the horse racing industry to better detect and understand injuries, and ultimately prevent future catastrophic breakdowns. The technology being utilized by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is positron imaging tomography (PET), and its development continues to make major progress toward early detection of racehorse injuries.

Racehorse Returns to Victory after Innovative Treatments

October 11, 2019
A leg injury can quickly spell the end of a racehorse’s career. For one racehorse in California, though, her injury offered an opportunity for innovative imaging and stem cell treatments, and ultimately a trip back to the winner’s circle. In November 2016, Irish Streetsinger, a 3-year-old female Thoroughbred, was showing some lameness while training and was brought to the UC Davis veterinary hospital for evaluation. Owner Bob McCabe was willing to do whatever it took to get Irish Streetsinger healthy again.

Dedicated Care Team Leads Way to Success

October 11, 2019
Kevin, a 3-year-old male domestic longhair cat, required a CT scan to determine the extent of his maxillofacial injuries. Like with all cases in the Dentistry and Oral Surgery Service (DOSS) that need this imaging, Kevin was wheeled to the cone-beam CT machine by registered veterinary technicians (RVTs) Monica Calder and Megan Loscar. While this sounds like an easy enough task, it’s actually quite labor intensive due to the vastness of the UC Davis veterinary hospital.

Cough and respiratory distress - 8 year old cat

June 26, 2019
8-year-old female spayed domestic short hair cat. Historical diaphragmatic hernia incidentally diagnosed three years ago. The patient has been intermittently coughing for the past few years. The past month, the coughing is more frequent / severe, with respiratory distress.

Faculty Profile - Dr. Erik Wisner

June 18, 2019
Faculty Profile - Dr. Erik Wisner

Dr. Erik Wisner is a faculty member in diagnostic imaging at the University of California, Davis. He is a world expert in CT and MRI imaging, and co-authored the textbook “Atlas of Small Animal CT and MRI”. Dr. Wisner is a popular and accomplished speaker and teacher, and has trained imaging residents from all over the world.

New Insight Into Pharyngeal Collapse

June 18, 2019
Videofluoroscopy New Insight Into Pharyngeal Collapse

Dr. Rachel Pollard is an international expert on videofluoroscopy in dogs that have trouble swallowing or trouble breathing. Videofluoroscopy, or fluoroscopy for short, is an imaging technique that uses x-rays to film breathing and swallowing in real time. A normal x-ray offers a snapshot in time, which is useful for static problems like a broken bone or an enlarged heart.