Epica™ Medical Innovations Launches Pegaso™ The Worlds First Equine Specific CT Scanner
The Worlds First Equine Specific CT Scanner
January 28, 2015, San Clemente, CA – Epica™ Medical Innovations, a leader in innovative imaging and therapeutic solutions for the veterinary market, announced today that they have released the worlds first ever, CT Scanner specifically designed for Equine medicine – Pegaso™.
Pegaso™, represents a quantum leap in diagnostic, interventional, and intraoperative imaging and was built from the ground up, to fulfill the previously unmet imaging needs of equine veterinarians. The fully robotic, high- definition CT Scanner that also includes large field, high resolution Fluoroscopy and Digital X-ray, is mobile and can easily be moved around the practice.
Equine veterinarians have long struggled with getting good equine CT images on horses, due to their size; the average thoroughbred weighs more than one ton and stands between 62-68" tall. With The 1.2 meter diameter of the variable geometry, tilting gantry- equine veterinarians can perform a CT scan of a standing horse's head and neck up to the C7 vertebrae. Pegaso™ can scan any anatomy of an anesthetized horse and provides the highest quality imaging; including distal limbs.
"When we designed the Pegaso™, our sole focus was to design an imaging device that solved the frustrations experienced by equine veterinarians making due with machines that were made for humans and trying to squeeze horses into them. Not only were we able to design such a device, we reduced radiation by 60-90% less than standard CT– making Pegaso™ significantly safer for horses and the clinicians who use it." We believe this will change the face of veterinary medicine." Stated Greg Stoutenburgh, President of Epica™ Medical Innovations.
The drastic reduction of radiation now enables the practitioner to use the device safely interventionally, or intra-operatively; which opens up a world of new opportunities and ways equine veterinarians can diagnose and treat horses, ultimately improving prognoses and outcomes.
The multi-modality Pegaso™ unit features a resolution that is 1481 times higher than standard CT. The vastly superior image quality will help practitioners to provide more accurate diagnoses and treatment plans. It also allows the pet owners to have a real life 3D view of their horse's injuries or problems, helping them to make better decisions regarding their animals' care.
"The Pegaso™ provides unmatched CT image quality for both soft and hard tissues. It will change our imaging paradigm for the horse." Commented Dr. Chris Kawcak DVM, PhD, Diplomate ACVS & ACVSMR, Professor, Equine Orthopedic Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University.
Epica™ Medical Innovations, designs, engineers and builds the most innovative and game changing products available for veterinary use. Leveraging science and technology with expert engineering and an understanding of veterinary practice to deliver in ways that improve the outcomes and safety experienced by patients while reducing costs and improving access to care. Better, safer, smarter, and faster with less pain, and less cost: that is "The Epica™ Way."