How the standing CT scanner is helping detect limb injuries in horses
Racing Victoria (RV) has introduced a new Diagnostic Imaging Subsidy Program as part of its proactive approach to injury prevention in thoroughbred racehorses by using advanced veterinary technology for early detection and intervention.
In June 2021 Racing Victoria (RV) announced a new subsidy scheme for owners and trainers to offset the cost of advanced diagnostic imaging on Victorian thoroughbreds. As part of the sport’s proactive approach to injury prevention, the Diagnostic Imaging Subsidy Program has been launched to help minimise the risk of serious injuries to thoroughbred racehorses by using advanced veterinary technology for early detection and intervention.
This is a positive initiative from RV that will act along the lines of Medicare, with RV to fund 50 per cent of the fees associated with CT scans, MRIs and scintigraphy, with the aim of increasing the rates of these modalities of imaging, aiding early detection of injuries and ultimately reducing the number of serious injuries in racehorses, both on the track and in training.
Please see below link to a detailed video that outlines the new subsidy scheme, some of the research that sits behind it, and illustrates the three different types of diagnostic imaging: