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Robotic Imaging at New Bolton Center

Robotic Imaging

Penn Vet was the world's first veterinary teaching hospital to use a robotics-controlled imaging system.

This system has proven value for both clinical and research applications for both animal and human medicine.

What we offer

  • Robotic imaging of the head, cervical spine and distal limb (mid-radius to foot and distal tibia to foot)
  • Esophagrams / TVEC fluoroscopy


Dr. Kate Wulster, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Imaging


  • 610-444-5800
Equine patient undergoing CT of the cervical spine.


Diagnostic Advantages

Obtaining CT scans with New Bolton Center’s robotic imaging system offers uniqu advantages:

  • The patient is awake and standing, unencumbered by an enclosed gantry.
  • Obtaining the scans with sedation instead of anesthesia saves time and money, and decreases risk to the patient.
  • Acquiring a scan takes less time.
  • The modality produces high quality, multi-planar reconstructions and 3D images.
  • The system enables our radiologists to diagnose conditions difficult to detect with other imaging modalities.
  • New Bolton Center’s board-certified radiologists interpret the scans and are available to assist in the image acquisition.
  • Modalities
    • Two-dimensional and three dimensional CT scans
    • Digital radiographic studies
    • Fluoroscopy with a high-speed radiographic camera
    • Tomosynthesis, high-resolution images of focused area of clinical interests
  • Clinical Uses
    • Most specialists at New Bolton Center use this technology for more precise diagnostics, including: 
      • Surgery, particularly orthopedics
      • Sports medicine
      • Neurology
      • Cardiovascular medicine
      • Internal medicine
  • Translational Opportunities
    • Penn Vet researchers and clinicians collaborate with colleagues at Penn Medicine, Nemours Children’s Health System, and other human medical centers about possible applications of the new imaging system.
      • Ability to compensate for accidental motion opens possibilities to image infants and children while awake
      • Imaging patients in motion could improve evaluations of the back, elbow, shoulder, and knee
      • Possibilities for intraoperative imaging during surgery
      • New opportunities for research

Meet the Robotics Imaging Team

Robotic Imaging  Team at New Bolton Center
Dr. Barbara Dallap Schaer
Dr. Dean Richardson, New Bolton Center
Dr. Thomas Schaer, VMD
Kathryn Wulster, VMD, New Bolton Center
Dr. Tim Manzi, New Bolton Center

Tim Manzi, VMD, DACVR-EDI, Assistant Professor, Clinical Diagnostic Imaging

Board Certification: Veterinary Radiology-Equine Diagnostic Imaging


Carole Johnson, Imaging, New Bolton Center
  • Carole Johnson, RTR, Director of Imaging & Clinical Service
Josh Benson, New Bolton Center Imaging
  • Josh Benson, Advanced Imaging Technical Specialist
Katie Minacci, Sports Medicine, New Bolton Center
Katie Minacci, Supervisor of Sports Medicine & Imaging

Our Collaborative Approach

At New Bolton Center, we believe in collaboration across all services. If we find an issue with your animal while we are studying imaging results, we'll talk to you about how to best solve the problem.