Published: 07/10/2016 10:36:44
AHT RESEARCHER AWARDED ‘BEST CLINICAL RESEARCH PRESENTATION’ AT BEVA 2016
At Europe’s largest equine veterinary conference – the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) Congress held in September – AHT’s very own Carolyne Tranquille was presented with the Sam Hignett Award for the best clinical research presentation. The paper was the result of case reviews of pain in the proximal metacarpal region (the area just below the knee) of horses using standing MRI to identify the injuries that were present. Proximal metacarpal problems are a common cause of lameness, particularly in sport horses and it can be difficult to identify lesions using other diagnostic or imaging techniques. This paper confirmed how MRI is successfully being used to produce diagnostic images as high as the knee in standing horses - a huge advantage for vets and in our own Equine Clinic.
The AHT team behind the paper was led by Rachel Murray, Associate of European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and RCVS Specialist in Equine Orthopaedics and supported by Carolyne Tranquille, Vicki Walker, and Jack Tacey. The research was generously funded by Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging and the team were supported by Hallmarq’s founder, Nick Bolas, as well as previous AHT staff member Rebecca Milmine, now at Dubai Equine hospital. Carolyne said the team were honoured to win the award, "It is exciting that the advances in technology have meant that it is possible to image the proximal metacarpal region using MRI in enough standing horses that we can do studies like this one - improving our understanding of the types of pathology occurring in this region. As with all of our research at the Trust, we strive to develop best practice within the industry by applying scientific evidence, assisting vets and owners with our findings, to ultimately improve the welfare for all horses.”
The use of standing equine MRI has revolutionised the veterinary approach to equine lameness, allowing diagnostic quality images to be produced without anaesthesia. Many practices tend to focus on the benefits of scanning the foot area – which accounts for around 50% of all lameness cases in horses – but this study shows how imaging of the standing sedated horse can also yield diagnostic information on structural abnormalities as high as the knee.
By using MRI for these types of lesions vets will be able to define the precise structural abnormalities present and give an accurate prognosis, helping horse owners make decisions about their horses’ future capabilities.
We are very proud of our team’s tireless efforts to improve veterinary knowledge through vital research for better prevention, diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease in all horses – well done Carolyne!
To find out more about our research visit: http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/equiness.html
To read the research presented at BEVA in full visit: http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/equineor.html
To find out more about our equine diagnostic services, including MRI, visit: http://www.aht.org.uk/cms-display/equineclinserv.html
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