New Screening Technology May Reduce Catastrophic Injury to Racehorses

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Dr. Tom Yarbrough will be conducting a demonstration and information session (at the clinic: 111 Plainfield Ave, Elmont, NY) on June 9 at 1:00 pm at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists prior to the running of the Belmont Stakes. He will show the advantages of high definition robotic CT technology with EQUIMAGINE ™.

Incomplete Condylar Fracture DP-3D

“The ability to identify these early and remove the horse from training can certainly save both a career and a life by preventing catastrophic failure,” said Dr. Yarbrough.

Dr. Tom Yarbrough will be conducting a demonstration and information session (at the clinic: 111 Plainfield Ave, Elmont, NY) on June 9 at 1:00 pm prior to the running of the Belmont Stakes. He will show the advantages of high definition robotic CT technology with EQUIMAGINE ™.

WHO: Dr. Tom Yarbrough, DVM, ACVS, hospital director and chief surgeon at Cornell Ruffian Equine
Specialists and hospital director and chief surgeon at the Dubai Equine Hospital.

Dr. Alan Nixon, BVSc, PhD, MS, ACVS, chief medical officer of Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists; director of comparative orthopedics laboratory and professor of large animal surgery at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

WHAT: Dr. Yarbrough will conduct a demonstration and information session using EQUIMAGINE™, a High Definition Robotic CT System that can help veterinarians identify subtle fractures in the lower legs before they cause trouble. Dr. Nixon will provide an overview on the technology.

VISUALS: There will be a scanning of a live horse with EQUIMAGINE™ a High Definition Robotic CT System, which is a solution to help identify difficult to detect fractures, before it becomes too late.

WHEN:Thursday, June 9, 2016 at 1:00 pm –Demonstration, overview, lunch and refreshments

WHERE: Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists
111 Plainfield Ave, Elmont, NY 11003
RSVP- Text YES to 216-513-8740

DETAILS:    Ruffian, the Cornell practice’s namesake, died after a breakdown during a race at Belmont; more recently, Pramedya collapsed during a race on Preakness Day. Along with Barbaro, St Nicholas Abbey and Eight Bells, they are among hundreds of racehorses that have suffered severe race and training injuries. Many equine surgeons suggest that the majority of those injuries were caused by undetected lower limb fractures.

EQUIMAGINE, a groundbreaking robotic equine imaging scanner now available at Cornell Ruffian Equine Specialists, can scan racehorses for lower limb fractures, producing high-definition images that make it easier to detect subtle changes in the bones. The horse is not anesthetized and remains standing for the procedure, reducing the risk of complications. By scanning and pre-checking racehorses before they run, veterinarians using EQUIMAGINE can help prevent catastrophic injuries at the track.

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