A Feasible, Reliable Addition to the Equine Veterinary Practice

By | Regenerative Laser Therapy

Equine veterinarians are increasingly mobile these days, and not only with respect to their practice as a whole, but in their need to move quickly from horse-to-horse with their equipment. But a veterinarian’s time is money, and so whatever the equipment, it needs to be effective, easy-to-use, and portable. And what if the techs could do it instead? This article will reveal Regenerative Laser Therapy (RLT) as a viable option in the clinic, on the go, or at a show.

• Conditions to Benefit
• Categorizing Conditions
• Price Structure: Packages and Bundles
• Empowering Technicians

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A Comparison of Regenerative Medicine in Equine Veterinary Practice

By | Regenerative Laser Therapy

Therapeutics in equine veterinary practice have grown increasingly popular over the last couple years, especially with respect to Regenerative Medicine (RM). Within this subset of tools there is a fairly wide variety of interventions with several degrees of invasiveness, techniques, and effectiveness. In an attempt to better understand the current state of the market Sound commissioned a third-party survey to gauge the following aspects of several currently employed modalities:

• Degree of Integration
• Difficulty/Ease of Logistical Implementation
• Level of Clinical Efficacy
• Financial Success of Incorporation

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Regenerative vs Therapeutic: a Laser is a Laser, right?

By | Regenerative Laser Therapy

In the equine veterinary market, where the pathologies are deep-seated, recovery times are longer and patients are more expensive, there is a lot of pressure to fix them quicker. Within the laser market there are several claims at quick-fix solutions, but these systems have a wide variety of parameters and mechanisms. In this article we’ll dive into the main differences…

• Therapeutic Stimulation
• Regenerative Healing
• The Clinical Difference, and
• The Threshold Between the Two

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Regenerative Laser as a Proven Clinical Tool

By | Regenerative Laser Therapy

Regenerative Laser is a relatively new tool to an equine veterinarian’s therapeutic arsenal. But then again, so is most of what is now called Regenerative Medicine. Being new, this technology is (and should be) subject to some extra scrutiny, especially as it is trying to permeate in this unregulated, wild-west that is the veterinary world. Good news is that Sound is dedicated to not only being on the forefront of technology, but also doing so responsibly, with evidence to support its decisions. In this article you’ll get a glimpse of three levels of evidence, all of which are necessary, but none of which should be presented without the other.

• Anecdotal Testimonials
• Documented Case Reports
• Double-blinded Study Results

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Reviews of Portable CT and its Diagnostic Necessity

By | Portable CT

Digital radiography and ultrasound are powerful tools that have aided in the life-saving diagnoses and treatments of countless animals. But these imaging modalities are fundamentally limited because they are 2-dimensional projections of 3-dimensional anatomy. In this article we will provide reviews from CT users on the usefulness of this modality with respect to:

• Cancer Staging
• Multi-site pathologies
• Neurological intervention
• Pet-owner compliance

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Creating a Local Imaging Referral Center

By | Portable CT

Referrals in the veterinary world are a fact of life. Whether you are the referring veterinarian or the at the specialty hospital, you send/receive patients based on a variety of factors, including:

• Geographical proximity and technology availability
• Expertise with surgeries and pathologies
• Personal relationships

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Unlocking Surgical Revenue: Diagnostic Scans Aren’t Your Only Income from CT

By | Portable CT

Most veterinary practices have enough operating cost to deal with, so investing in modalities that don’t generate any income is simply not an option. If you’re thinking about purchasing a computed tomography (CT) system, you’ve probably wondered how much income you would need from CT scans to break even. That’s a common concern, but when calculating your income from CT, it is important to include not only CT scan fees but also surgeries that you would not have performed had you not purchased a CT system.

• Seeing What You Need
• Pet-Owner Compliance
• Revenue from Procedures
• Clinic Enhancement

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How Much Does a Veterinary CT System Cost?

By | Portable CT

It goes without saying that purchasing a CT scanner for your clinic is a major capital investment, but remember, it is an investment towards the level of care your practice offers its patients. Let’s take a close look at all the factors that contribute to the total cost of ownership, then you can start to calculate your potential income from CT. Some expenses are incurred before installation, other’s after installation. Here we’ll breakdown the costs associated with your investment according to the following factors:

Equipment (type of technology, fixed vs portable, new vs refurbished, and detector count)

• Space considerations
• Electrical costs
• Anesthesia
• Radiologist over-read
• Extended Service Contracts

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What Is “Slice Count” and Does It Affect the Results of Veterinary CT?

By | Portable CT

From image quality to spatial resolution, there are several factors that influence the price and performance of a computed tomography (CT) scanner. If you are in the market for a CT, one of the easiest ways to save money is to separate the specifications that you need from those that you can go without. So, where does slice count fit in this mix and what are its implications?

• Slice Thickness and Spatial Resolution
• Slice Count and “Coverage”
• Speed of Acquisition
• Human vs Veterinary Importance

Slice count is often the first specification mentioned in a discussion about CT, but many veterinarians do not understand its role in CT scanning. Slice count refers to the number of rows of detectors in the z-axis of a CT. You might see a particular CT referred to as an “8-slice CT scanner,” “16-slice CT scanner,” etc. In an 8-slice CT, there are eight slices of data captured for every rotation of the gantry.

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