The Asto CT™ Equina™ offers a paradigm shift in equine x-ray CT imaging by providing rapid 3D imaging of the lower limbs and head without subjecting the horses to general anesthesia. With its high-precision robotic technology, the Equina™ is capable of safely imaging the lower limbs under load, as well as the head and neck of the standinghorse in a single series. Major benefits include:
High-resolution multi-slice CT images
Fast scan times suitable for a sedated horse
Large-bore gantry for easy positioning and imaging
Flexible horizontal and vertical CT-gantry travel to easily image from head to lower limbs
The system can also be arranged to easily provide standard whole-body scanning of small animals. The wide combination of indications is a cost-effective solution for any veterinary practice.
Simple: Remote control positioning and a wide field of view enables simultaneous imaging of two limbs with a 30 second scan time.
Flexible: The Equina™ robotic gantry allows imaging of equine limbs to the mid-carpus/tarsus, and imaging of the head & neck.
Diagnostic: Equina™ uses modern multi-slice CT scanning providing high-quality images to detect early signs of subtle stress responses.
Rugged: The Equina™ scanner has been proven to withstand the demands of transit and the requirements of routine equine use.
Safe: No anesthesia required.
Equina in clinical practice
On November 24, 2018 the first Equina was commissioned at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison, WI. Early testing efforts have focussed on the diverse value of Equina.
● Define appropriate sedation protocols
● Minimise scan times
● Test in multiple sizes & breeds
● Detect pathology in Thoroughbred limb specimens with break-down injuries
● Equina detection matches traditional CT detection of early signs of stress fractures
Evaluate clinical cases
● Equina standing CT identifies more pathology than standard radiographs
● Scans were well tolerated by equine patients
Equina the equine standing CT
Watch the full motion of Equina. In this video, the Equina moves in limb scanning mode. The gantry pivots to head scanning position and back in this video showing the flexibility of this amazing machine.
Equina live demo
See how Equina limb scanning works in this video that shows how simple it is to position a horse in the scanner and obtain images quickly.
Equina at AAEP 2018
Learn more about the concept of standing computed tomography for equine diagnostic imaging.