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Universal Medical Systems of Ohio Introduces 'Charlie,' World's First Portable, Battery-Operated, Multi-Slice CT Scanner for Pets
Date:9/15/2009

he nation to offer Charlie to its patient animals.

"In this particular case," says Dr. Richardson, "we were able to scan Ralphy in just a few minutes time and then generate a diagnosis immediately. We, thus, were able to progress into surgical corrective procedure very soon after the diagnosis.

"We conducted the usual Myelogram to correlate and support the Charlie scan," says Dr. Richardson. "I felt the Myelogram was necessary to support the Charlie diagnosis since this was our first time using the system, let alone for a spinal application. We were very pleased with the comparative data. Charlie delivered a magnificent, beautiful series of images of Ralphy's lower lumbar region. I can honestly say we were mesmerized by the results."

According to Dr. Richardson, soon thereafter, Chloe, a female Homeward Bound-rescued golden retriever presented with an ear infection. Dr. Richardson was able to determine, through the Charlie scans of the seven-year old retriever's auditory canal anatomy and middle ear, that he could save the middle ear function without concern for abnormal contents within the bulla.

Also, a third case occurred in the first two weeks Campus Commons Pet Hospital acquired the Charlie and it involved an eleven-month-old Rottweiler female with an obscure lameness.

"Plain X-rays had been taken and reviewed by a veterinary radiologist without diagnosis," says Dr. Richardson. "Our new Charlie scanner displayed that she had two tiny chips in her elbow, a common discovery in lameness of large breed dogs during their rapid growth phase. We were able to take care of this problem quickly and this young dog is now on the mend and has a very good prognosis."

The compact, mobile Charlie offers most of the features of large, stationary CT scanning units being utilized in either temporary or permanent veterinary hospitals, according to Dr. Richards
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