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New Bolton Center Experts to Explore Innovations in Imaging, Neurology at October First Tuesday Lecture

By: Hannah Kleckner Date: Sep 25, 2018

Join us at the 2018-2019 First Tuesday Lecture Series![September 25, 2018; KENNETT SQUARE, PA] - From planning advanced orthopedic surgeries to guiding successful cardiac procedures, Penn Vet’s robotics-controlled standing computed tomography (CT) system has propelled clinical diagnosis and treatment for many large animal patients who have walked through New Bolton Center’s hospital doors. 

On Tuesday, October 2, 2018, Drs. Amy Johnson, Assistant Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Neurology, and Kate Wulster, Clinical Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging, will explore the clinical impact that the robotic CT can offer New Bolton Center’s neurologic patients during their presentation “Integrating Innovation in Imaging: Advancements in Neurology.” 

The event, which is the second of the 2018-2019 First Tuesday Lecture series, will be held at 6:30 p.m. in New Bolton Center’s Alumni Hall, 382 West Street Road, Kennett Square, PA. 

The most common neurologic problem seen in horses is cervical vertebral stenotic myelopathy (CVSM),  a disease of the spinal cord and nerve roots in the neck region which is akin to spinal stenosis in people.  The troublesome disease can result in poor performance, neck pain, forelimb lameness, ataxia (incoordination), and weakness in equine patients.

“In the past, our ability to diagnose and understand this disease has been limited largely by the size of the horse and available technology,” said Dr. Johnson.  

Traditionally, standard radiographs (x-rays) of the patient’s neck are taken from side-to-side, which only provides clinicians with a two-dimensional portrayal of an otherwise very complicated, three-dimensional structure.

With New Bolton Center’s robotic CT system, Penn Vet clinicians are able to capture intricate, three-dimensional images of the equine neck in more detail than ever before, which maps how the horse’s spinal cord and nerve roots are affected by this disease. 

“Having this advanced level of imaging at our fingertips opens up the door for more advanced treatment options for our equine patients, including targeted medication administration or new surgical approaches,” said Dr. Johnson. 

The first veterinary teaching hospital in the world to use the robotics-controlled imaging system, New Bolton Center offers large animal patients and clients a comprehensive selection of powerful imaging modalities backed by the collaborative expertise of Penn Vet’s cross-disciplinary team of board-certified faculty-clinicians, residents, and specialized nursing staff.

The First Tuesday Lecture series is free to attend and open to the public. Seating is limited. Kindly register prior to the event at

For any questions about the First Tuesday Lecture series, please contact Barbara Belt at 610-925-6500 or

About the First Tuesday Lecture Series:

The First Tuesday Lectures are presented September through December, and March through June. Faculty and clinicians at New Bolton Center share current information on equine topics of interest to horse owners and caregivers. Many of the lectures highlight the advanced techniques performed by Penn Vet’s team of leading clinicians, and the state-of-the-art equipment and facilities available to ensure the best possible outcomes for patients

About Penn Vet

Ranked among the top ten veterinary schools worldwide, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) is a global leader in veterinary education, research, and clinical care. Founded in 1884, Penn Vet is the first veterinary school developed in association with a medical school. The school is a proud member of the One Health initiative, linking human, animal, and environmental health.

Penn Vet serves a diverse population of animals at its two campuses, which include extensive diagnostic and research laboratories. Ryan Hospital in Philadelphia provides care for dogs, cats, and other domestic/companion animals, handling more than 34,600 patient visits a year. New Bolton Center, Penn Vet’s large-animal hospital on nearly 700 acres in rural Kennett Square, PA, cares for horses and livestock/farm animals. The hospital handles more than 6,200 patient visits a year, while our Field Services have gone out on more than 5,500 farm service calls, treating some 18,700 patients at local farms. In addition, New Bolton Center’s campus includes a swine center, working dairy, and poultry unit that provide valuable research for the agriculture industry.