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Liphook Equine Laboratory are proud to announce that we are the first and only laboratory internationally to offer a highly sensitive and specific qPCR designed to detect all recognised equine dermatophyte species (ringworm).
Apart from being more accurate, we also guarantee a result within 24 hours rather than the normal 2 weeks for a culture.
Liphook Equine Hospital Laboratory are delighted to launch a new same day test for the diagnosis of ringworm in horses. We are the first and only laboratory internationally to offer highly sensitive and specific qPCR designed to detect al recognised dermatophyte species known to affect horses.
Please see our latest Laboratory Newsletter for more details and feel free to contact our medicine specialists Andy, Victoria and Jamie for more information – 01428 727200, email@example.com
We have recently launched adiponectin as a additional option when testing for EMS. Adiponectin is a beneficial fat-derived hormone that normally improves insulin sensitivity. Obese and laminitis-prone horses/ponies often have low adiponectin levels and this has been shown to be a good predictor of future laminitis risk.
Horses and ponies don’t need to be fasted prior to sampling, just take a blood sample in a red-top plain tube whenever you decide to test your patient. Just remember to separate the serum, and send to the Laboratory in a chiller pack – please contact the laboratory and we can send these packs free of charge – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please feel free to download our recent guide to Adiponectin testing for more information on this popular, practical, and useful EMS test.
We have introduced serum iron as a inflammatory marker to a number of our profiles, since it is a sensitive and specific marker of inflammation in horses and outperforms fibrinogen. Please see our Autumn Newsletter for further information.
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Liphook Equine Hospital are pleased to announce that our CT scanner is up and running. Please see the link below for more information:
The Liphook Equine Hospital has installed the first wide bore CT scanner available for horses in the UK. The design of our CT suite is unique and purpose built in order to accommodate all shapes and sizes of patients. Our CT scanner has been specifically designed so that we can scan the head and neck of horses under standing sedation, and the limbs of horses under general anaesthesia. The extra-large bore CT scanner means that we will be able to scan more of the horse than ever before. The CT scanner has an inner diameter of 80cm wide which means that whole body scans will be possible in smaller patients. The CT suite has an innovative platform which is unique to Liphook and can be used to lift and lower the standing patient into position as well as doubling as a bed for the anaesthetised horse.
What is CT?
CT stands for computed tomography and is an imaging technique that uses computerised x-rays. A moving gantry scans 360 degrees around the patient which produces thousands of images. These images can then be reconstructed and viewed in many different ways. This imaging modality is very useful when imaging anatomically complex regions such as the head and will help to identify dental disease, sinusitis and neck abnormalities as well as much more.
Our CT, in addition to our MRI, will allow us to offer the most advanced imaging modalities to our patients. We look forward to the progress this will allow us, in diagnosing and treating disease in our patients.
What does it involve?
The CT suite is a temperature controlled room in a quiet corner of the hospital. The scan time is very short (around 30 seconds). During the scan the horse is required to keep absolutely still. When horses are having scans under sedation, the horse will be sedated and positioned with their head resting in the CT scanner. Positioning for the scan can be a timely procedure and requires lots of patience. During the scan the area of interest is moved slowly through the scanner on our air table. Once the scan is completed your horse will head back to the stable while their sedation wears off.
For more information, please contact our hospital reception team on 01428 727200