Happy New Year to Your Digatherm Practice
2020 begins the start of a great new year for veterinary medicine and your practice leads the way, because you are using cutting-edge diagnostics to learn more about your patients.
Here are some helpful New Year’s resolutions to get your January off to a great start:
Having trouble communicating thermal imaging technology to your clients?
Winter is cold and flu season. What a great opportunity to highlight the “power of the image”. Take a ‘side-by-side’ image of the faces of two staff members – one with a cold, and one who is healthy. The images will tell the story and your clients will easily understand the value.
The employee on the left came to work sick, with a fever and sinus infection. Her manager, on the right – is sending her home to get better.
Are you seeing lots of pets with over-weight issues?
January is a great month to kick off your healthy pet 60-day challenge! Offer your clients a “Get Healthy” package. Include a full physical examination, thermal imaging, nutritional consultation and exercise program.
Give a little incentive for weekly weigh-ins and at the end of 60 days, repeat thermal imaging to track changes after weight loss and the patient’s overall improved health!
Is your practice using thermal imaging consistently?
As Nike® says; “Just Do It”! Veterinarians are confident to recommend and perform diagnostic radiology. Your practice likely performs dozens of radiographic studies weekly. Add to the value of your radiographs by including thermal imaging with every set of films. Take the images before you put the patient on the x-ray table. (It is a great time to get comfortable, especially without the owner being present.) Performing a full-body scan before x-rays may point you to additional areas to radiograph while your patient is under. Compare your thermal images to your radiographic findings and investigate any correlation or discrepancies.
This patient, a two-year old French bulldog, presented with weakness in the hind end. These images show significant asymmetry along the spine, in thoracic and lumbar areas. There is also asymmetry in the lateral shoulder images. Radiographs confirmed a spinal neurologic issue, with significant hemivertebrae T9-11, resulting in spinal misalignment, primary neurological deficits and secondary musculoskeletal compensation.
Images courtesy of Dr. Sarah Granberg, Middlebury Animal Clinic, Middlebury, IN
right lateral shoulder
left lateral shoulder
Have you tried an Orthostatic Analysis?
If you haven’t tried to take this image yet, you should! For all lameness screening images, be sure to take a right and left lateral, an anterior view, a posterior view, a dorsal view and an orthostatic view. Also take an orthostatic image – position your patient standing on a yoga mat and have them be still for 10 seconds. Walk the patient off, and then snap a picture of the mat. You will be able to determine shifting weight distribution easily with this technique.
This anterior to posterior forelimb image shows hypothermia over the cranio-lateral aspect of the right distal antebrachium and carpus.
This dorsal image shows hyperthermia over the left dorsal epaxial muscles.
The thermal orthostatic analysis shows weight shifting to the forelegs and the left side.
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