Robotic scan for horses could hold promise for human health

KENNETT SQUARE, Pa. (AP) Veterinarians hope an innovative type of CT scan can advance health care for horses – and possibly be adapted for people.

The robotic CT used at the University of Pennsylvania's vet school allows horses to remain awake and standing as cameras and scanners move around the animal. Horses usually require anesthesia and must lie down for CT procedures.

The resulting high-quality images, including some in 3D, for the first time offer detailed views of the animal's anatomy in its normal, upright state.

Experts say translating the technology for people could represent a huge leap forward in human medicine.

The robotic CT is made by New York-based 4DDI. Since Penn unveiled its unit last spring, the CEO says installations are underway at more than a dozen sites around the world.