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Learning To Fly....... By New Technician Debbie Leonard

Monday, September 10, 2018  ‹ Back To Latest News List

Learning to Fly….

Back at the beginning of April this year, I started my journey into a new and exciting technology – Physiological Imaging.  

I have been a qualified Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years, working with both small and large animals and I am also qualified in equine and canine massage.  Over the years the veterinary world has changed, and embracing new technology and diagnostics has become a big part of it. So after going part-time to allow me to run my massage business I was looking for something which would complement both sides going forward.  After much researching and dismissing a lot of services I found what I was looking for with SyncThermology.

Physiological Imaging is often known as Thermal Imaging, which is slightly misleading as you are studying the physiological symmetry of the animal you are scanning not just the heat of a certain area.


Why did I choose this path?  For a few reasons to be honest.   This is a non invasive technology so requires no sedation or anaesthesia.  SyncThermology use only clinical grade thermal imaging cameras and all imaging technicians have their work graded, so a high standard of clinical excellence is maintained.  The images are interpreted by Veterinary Surgeons trained in physiological imaging.  Coming from a veterinary background, it was important for me to go with a service that was regulated and produced ongoing research to back up any claims as to the benefits of the service.

So after talking at length with Sophie, Sync's MD and looking at research papers and other thermal imaging sites, I made the decision to start training with SyncThermology – exciting but scary.

My first training day was at Head Office in Cheshire where I met with Sophie and Kat – an advanced Imaging Technician, and two other trainees.  We firstly went through the science of physiological imaging and what it is before looking at how to scan a horse and adapt the scans for veterinary interpretation.  On the second day of training we spent the day physically scanning some lovely equines and then adapting the scans ourselves.  As with everything new, there was a lot to take in and I think we all came away passionate about what we were embarking on but totally knackered! – And on my part a little apprehensive about how I was ever going to be any good at this!!

Training then progressed to work experience with an experienced technician.  I met with the lovely and talented Jules la Garde who had arranged for us to scan two horses which were local to her.  As we were leaving to go to the first scan the owner called to say that our horse was unwell so a quick change of plan was needed (this was the start of a few challenges to come my way but more of that later).  Unable to find a replacement scan at short notice we turned to looking at case histories and the scan recording system – a great learning experience on its own before attending our 2nd appointment later in the day where I managed some reasonable scans of my own – a great boost to my confidence, maybe I will be ok after all!

To be continued…