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Shedding some light on the detection of early stage disease and injury!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018  ‹ Back To Latest News List

We are delighted to launch our new awareness campaign that we hope will help to improve the early detection of disease and injury for horses and dogs across the UK.  SyncThermology have been busy preparing educational features to support this campaign and we look forward to sharing articles and exciting case studies with you over the next few months.

Featured this quarter;

  • New sponsorships confirmed with The Medical Detection Dogs and Centaur Biomechanics.
  • We Introduce our new Interpreting Veterinary Surgeons
  • Free CPD is now available to Vet and Nurses
  • New research with Galen Therapy Centre and updates on the poor performance project
  • Find out which new veterinary practices are offering imaging in their practice
  • Range of exciting early stage detection case studies to be released

Early detection, is it possible?

Detecting injury and disease at an early stage is an attractive idea but the reality of putting this into practice can be a challenge. Often clients notice subtle gait changes or report a behavioural problem before clinical signs of lameness occur. Even though clients would like to identify problems in their animals earlier the cost of doing so is not always viable and the use of diagnostic anaesthesia/ diagnostic imaging for subtle signs of potential pathology is not always viable. The use of physiological imaging to identify disease and injury at an earlier stage provides an economic screening modality to veterinary practices and their clients that can help guide early stage investigations. Imaging is non-invasive, sedation free and easy to perform.

Historically we have mainly been referred cases post initial investigation or as a last resort, but over the past 12 months we have received an increasing number of referrals in the earlier stages when suitable signs of discomfort or lameness have been detected. We are also regularly correlating cases were results at the time were deemed insignificant only to find that the initial localised area has been investigated and a diagnosis has been reached. As the correlated cases and the acceptance for the technology increases we can better assist early stage disease/ injury detection in animal patients. Thank you to the practices that work with us to correlate these exciting cases and improve early stage detection.

What does industry professionals say?

Alice Sheldon BVM&S BSc MSc Cert EP Cert ES(Orth) MRCVS Advanced Practitioner in Equine Practice and Orthopaedic Surgery

"As an equine clinician working primarily with lame and poorly performing patients, I have become increasingly interested in the use of thermographic imaging for early detection of pathology. I am frequently presented with cases where the rider feels there is a subtle problem under saddle but no overt lameness is seen during in hand clinical examinations. In the absence of artefacts (e.g focal hair loss) and confounding variables (e.g environmental temperature fluctuations), thermography can give an indication of physiological dysfunction when alternative anatomical imaging modalities (e.g. radiography and ultrasonography) have been unable to demonstrate any abnormalities. I have found thermographic images to correlate well with responses to diagnostic analgesia and treatment, especially in cases of mild joint inflammation in the lower joints of the tarsus where pathology has been radiographically silent. Diagnosis before a more consistent, established problem develops is always preferable, allowing prompt treatment and modifications to training and physiotherapy programmes to be made accordingly".

The latest edition of our veterinary newsletter is now available so get in touch if you would like to receive an electronic copy. Head to www.synccanine.com or www.syncequine.com for further information on imaging services.