Advancing Veterinary Medicine: UC Davis Tech Invents New CT Scanning Table

by | 06.16.2017 | 3:56pm
The new carbon fiber CT Scanning table in use at UC Davis.

Typically, to perform a computed tomography (CT) scan on a horse or other large animal, the patient must be lifted and gently guided by a team of veterinarians and technicians onto the platform using a crane or forklift. But, thanks to a recent innovation created by University of California – Davis technician Jason Peters, RVT, RLAT, that could be a thing of the past.

Peters, who works for the veterinary teaching hospital's diagnostic imaging service, said that the configuration of the room in which the hospital's CT scanner was located prevented them from purchasing a pre-fabricated table. So, he created a table in-house using carbon fiber, which can safely withstand several thousand pounds of weight.

Used by NASA because of its strength-to-weight ratio, carbon fiber is easily molded into any shape, is resistant to chemicals and has a high temperature tolerance.

Peters worked with specialists at Finishline Advanced Composites, an automotive parts company that regularly works with carbon fiber in exotic cars, and the UC Davis College of Engineering to create the table. While the finished product only weighs 100 pounds, it can withstand a load of up to 10,000 pounds. The hospital's previous table was twice the weight and half as strong, according to the college.

In addition, the new tale is designed to more easily accommodate multiple images of the same horse, can accommodate skulls and extremities of large animal patients and can be easily dismantled and moved out of place when not in use. It also has additional attachments that can be used for exotic animals that do not fit on the main large animal table.

Read more at DVM360.

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