NEW technology set to improve care at SOCAL Equine Hospital

Innovative technology set to further improve levels of care at SOCAL Equine Hospital

SoCal Equine Hospital (Norco, CA), known for its high level of care, has increased patient welfare further with the recent installation of an equine weight-bearing, standing CT (Computed Tomography) scanner. SoCal Equine hospital is excited to add the innovative Asto CT Equina® scanner to their advanced diagnostic imaging services, providing the quality of care that their clients have come to expect.

SoCal Equine Hospital veterinarian and equine surgeon, Dr. Paul Wan, states, “The Equina® is one of the most innovative, advanced imaging devices available for veterinary medicine. We can scan front or back limb pairs, or the head/neck of a standing horse under light sedation, allowing the patient to be in and out in just minutes with minimal stress and risk.”

The Equina® was successfully installed in only three days in one of the smallest rooms to date, and immediately was put to good use on a wide range of patients. In the first two days, fifteen horses were scanned for various limb and head/neck injuries. The throughput and ability to resolve challenging cases confirmed the value of the Equina® standing CT to the entire SoCal staff.

Fracture of right front navicular bone

Dr. Wan expands on their first case. “Dublin, a famous Belgian Draft horse, presented with chronic front limb lameness that was sent to SoCal Equine Hospital for diagnosis. We administered light sedation, scanned his front limbs, and immediately diagnosed a navicular fracture (see image). We can now create a proper treatment plan based on this diagnosis.”

SoCal Equine Hospital veterinarian and equine surgeon, Dr. Katie Weatherall adds, “I am very impressed with the excellent image quality obtained by the Equina®, and the ease of image acquisition. The opportunity to provide this new level of diagnostic imaging to our equine community is very exciting and I look forward to utilizing the Equina® in many future cases.”

Dr. Wan reflects “We would like to use the Equina® for all our dental cases as well as lameness examinations. It is great to be able to offer this modality to any of our patients that need it. Our ethos at SoCal Equine Hospital is that every horse deserves the very best care possible, so we are excited to also provide this capability to referring clinics who would like to take advantage of this exciting new technology.

Asto CT CEO, David Ergun, comments “Asto CT is excited to partner with SoCal Equine Hospital. We believe their cutting-edge technology-based approach to equine medicine is a strong fit for Equina®. We are excited to see Equina® become available to the large equine population of Southern California.”

SoCal Equine Hospital is welcoming patients to be scanned at their Norco-based clinic. All images will have an initial internal review and then be sent for external review by a board-certified radiologist for a definitive diagnosis. More information can be found at For more information on the Asto CT Equina visit

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