The first CT scanner installed in sports equine medicine and surgery – the horse

One of Texas’ leading private equine practices, Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery (ESMS), has installed the state’s first equine scanner (computed tomography) scan. ESMS, which has one of the largest numbers of equina cases in the United States, is excited to add the Asto CT Equina® Scanner to its full service portfolio of equine veterinary services to improve patient outcomes and well-being.

ESMS Veterinarian, Dr. Chad Marsh, explains the importance of technology “Having a fixed in-situ CT scanner in ESMS greatly enhances our diagnostic imaging capabilities and provides a safer and more effective alternative to traditional CT scanners that typically require horses to be placed under general anaesthesia. Whether you use it for pre-purchase tests, complex imaging lameness problems, or to diagnose neck or head problems, having a CT scanner here in the hospital will allow us to diagnose and treat patients who would otherwise have been referred for advanced imaging. We are partnering with Asto CT to bring this cutting-edge technology to horse owners across Texas.”

Computerized tomography (CT) technology has changed the face of examination and diagnosis in equine medicine. Safe, fast, and high-quality scans have made this method an accessible and effective tool for diagnosing diseases that cannot be detected on radiographs. The Asto CT Equina® Scanner is currently being used by Racing Victoria in Australia to screen all horses that have entered the Melbourne Cup, prior to commissioning them to aid in the early detection of potentially catastrophic injuries.

ESMS serves a large number of Western sport horses including quarter horses, rodeos, and show horses. The installation of the Equina CT Scanner is to provide owners with more information and improve the overall well-being of horses. To name a few for sports horses, horses have useful uses for all horses, for diagnosing the head, neck, and lower extremities. In fact, one of the first patients of the new ESMS scanner was the famous bird hunter. The examination of the patient was completed within only 10 minutes of anesthesia until the examination was completed.

Kirk Edelman, CEO of ESMS, comments: “This new CT scanner gives our experienced team another powerful tool to use here on site, providing clients with peace of mind and helping to improve the quality of life for our equine patients. We are proud to be the first and only clinic in the state of Texas has a stationary CT scanner, and we encourage our colleagues at other clinics to submit their cases and take advantage of this technology.”

Asto CT CEO David Ergun was pleased at ESMS to add the Equina scanner to their services, “We are excited to see this groundbreaking imaging technology transition into a large scale veterinary practice. Several academic centers are already using Equina, and it is great to see it in private practice as well. We know that our scanner will be a valuable tool for clinic vets and will benefit many of their patients. We are looking to the future, as we install Equina in clinics around the world.”

ESMS welcomes patients who will be seen at their Weatherford Clinic beginning in November. More information can be found at For more information on visiting Asto CT Equina


About Asto CT

Asto CT® was established in 2015 as a result of a research collaboration between the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW) College of Veterinary Medicine and the Morgridge Institute for Research.

Our team has over 100 years of experience with deep experience in developing practical medical and veterinary products. Our patented approach allows imaging of the lower limbs, head and neck of an anesthetized horse in a standing position.

Asto CT was founded on the principle of providing safe, high-quality CT scans to improve the quality of life for horses and ensure peace of mind for owners. Our advanced equine CT scanner is customized to meet the needs of horses in a safe and comfortable environment for the animal. More information can be found at

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