Equine Positron Emmission Tomography (PET) imaging currently requires placing the animal under general anesthesia. While this approach has been successfully used to establish value of clinical equine PET, in the long run, imaging without anesthesia is preferred.
We believe that equine PET, once performed without anesthesia, will play key role in preventing catastrophic trauma in sports horses. With our collaborators, we have demonstrated the feasibility of performing high-quality PET imaging on lightly-sedated, standing horses:
R&D team at LONGMILE has developed a breakthrough PET scanner, enabling imaging of equine limb (including fetlock, carpus, tarsus, etc) without anesthesia in a standing sedated horse. LONGMILE is preparing to enter clinical studies with the new device.
Please contact us for updates about this exciting new technology.