A PET scanner from the University of California, Davis is now in use atفيس golden gate fieldsAccording to a press release posted on the UC Davis website.
The scanner – MILEPET from LONGMILE Veterinary Imaging – allows imaging of the horse’s leg under light sedation. The tool has been in use at UC Davis Veterinary Hospital since March, and the tool has been transported by a team of veterinarians and technicians at UC Davis to Golden Gate Equine Hospital once a week for the past month.
“Running the PET scanner at Golden Gate Fields brings multiple benefits,” said Dr. Matthew Spritt, an equine radiologist who pioneered the field of PET scans in horses. Health and Safety of Racehorses in Southern California. Second, it demonstrates that a horse’s PET scanner can be efficiently moved and shared between multiple sites, reducing costs and increasing availability. Finally, it opens the door to more research opportunities through multicenter studies.”
Spriet tweeted that 11 horses and 34 carcasses (two ankles) were examined during one day, June 9, at Golden Gate.
– Mathieu Spriet (@MathieuSpriet) June 9, 2021
The release attributed the PET scanner’s investigation to support from the UC Davis Center for Equine Health and Stronach Group, owner of Golden Gate Fields and Santa Anita Park in the state. The Equine Health Center was the origin of the first equine PET scan performed in Davis in 2015 and has since supported the development of the method by funding several research projects as well as a clinical program. The Stronach Group has played a major role in the past two years by partially supporting the development of the first scanner to allow imaging of standing horses in an effort to prevent catastrophic crashes in racehorses.
The original MILEPET, owned by Southern California Equine with support from the Stronach Group, has been in use at Santa Anita Park since December 2019. In a year and a half, more than 200 horses have been imaged using the scanner, many on multiple occasions. Research projects supported by the Grayson Jockey Club and the Dolly Green Research Foundations have helped characterize the value of PET scans in racehorses. The PET scanner is ideal for imaging the fuse, which is the most common site of catastrophic injuries in racehorses.
19 horses died from catastrophic injuries as a result of racing or training at the Golden Gate in 2020, according to the California Board of Horse Racing. Seven have died from racing and training injuries this year.
On March 4, four anti-racing protesters, upset by the number of horse deaths at the track, tied themselves together on the Golden Gate main track, forcing them to cancel one race and delay the others for hours.
PET use in Santa Anita, along with MRI use and medication rule changes, is one of several factors that led to a significant decrease in the number of deaths between 2019 and 2020, according to the University of California, Davis. The CHRB has reported 25 horse deaths associated with racing or training in Santa Anita since the start of 2020, compared to 30 deaths over a period of just six months during its winter/spring meeting in early 2019.