Equine CT and MR Imaging Days – Reading & using Computer Tomography and Magnetic Resonance Images of Horses

November 2 to 5, 2017, Bonn, Germany


The course will allow you to advance your MR and CT image reading and finding interpretation skills.



November 2, 2016 Thursday
Maren Hellige and Renate Weller
Credited by ATF with 7 hours of CE

  • 9:45 - Welcome
  • 10:00 - Applications of contrast agents in the horse in practice: an overview
  • 10:45 - Protocol and pitfalls of i.v. contrast in head studies
  • 11:30 - Coffee break
  • 12.00 - CT of headshakers
  • 13.00 - Differential diagnosis of CT findings in the head
  • 14:00 - Lunch
  • 15:00 - Reading CT images of structures discussed in the morning. History, findings and interpretation
  • 16:45 - Coffee break
  • 17:15 - Continue reading of CT images
  • 19:00 - End


November 3, 2017 Friday
Maren Hellige, Sarah Puchalski and Renate Weller
Credited by ATF with 7 hours of CE

  • 9:00 - Update of new papers on equine CT
  • 10:00 - CT of cervical vertebrae
  • 10:45 - Coffee break
  • 11:15 - Contrast CT for orthopaedic cases
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - Reading CT images of structures discussed in the morning. History, findings and interpretation
  • 15:30 - Coffee break
  • 16:00 - Continue
  • 17:45 - End
  • 18:00 - Depart for surprise evening


November 4, 2017 Saturday
Sarah Puchalski and Natasha Werpy
Credited by ATF with 7 hours of CE

  • 9:00 - Guidelines of image interpretation and report generation
  • 9:45 - MRI protocol for the foot and more basic knowledge on interpreting foot MR images
  • 10:30 - Coffee Break
  • 11:00 - Progression of deep digital flexor tendon lesions over time and clinical significance
  • 11:45 - Normal anatomy of the pastern – with high field and ultrasound images
  • 12:30 - Lunch
  • 13:30 - Reading MR images of foot, pastern and fetlock. History, findings and interpretation
  • 15:45 - Coffee break
  • 16:15 - Continue reading MR images
  • 18:00 - End


November 5, 2017 Sunday
Sarah Puchalski and Natasha Werpy
Credited by ATF with 6 hours of CE

  • 8:30 - Review of 2017 imaging literature
  • 9:15 - Normal anatomy of metacarpus and metatarsus: Differentiation between anatomic variation and pathologic change
  • 10:00 - Coffee break
  • 10:30 - Is that real? The decision making process with emphasis on the carpus and tarsus
  • 11:15 - Normal stifle anatomy
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 13:00 - Reading MR images of carpus, metacarpus, tarsus, metatarsus and stifle: History, findings and interpretation
  • 14:45 - Coffee break
  • 15:15 - Continue reading MR images
  • 17:00 - End




Maren Hellige
studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. Subsequently she received her doctoral thesis at the Equine Clinic of the Freie Universität Berlin. From 2002 – 2007 she qualified as a veterinary specialist for horses at a private veterinary clinic in Germany. Since 2008 she works in the department of orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging at the Equine Clinic of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, where she deals primarily with orthopaedic cases and all the different imaging modalities (Nuclear Scintigraphy, Thermography, Ultrasound, X – ray, CT and MR). Since five years she has available a Multislice Big Bore CT Scanner with which she performs CT scans on the equine stifle and the cervical spine. She also does the equine MR imaging of the skull and the legs with a 3T high field MR of orthopaedic and neurological cases.

Sarah Puchalski
graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. Between 1999 and 2001 she completed a 2 year internship/residency in Field Service and Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Centre. Then she did a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of California, Davis and obtained board certification in the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2004. She was an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging in the Department of Radiological and Surgical Sciences of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, and left the University for private consulting practice working. Currently she interprets many different imaging modalities for a variety of US and international clinics.

Renate Weller
after graduating from the University of Munich, Germany, she worked in equine practice. She then became a senior clinical research scholar in large animal diagnostic imaging at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) and completed her Doctoral thesis on “comparison of different imaging modalities in the diagnosis of head disorders in the horse” at the university of Munich. Thereafter she spent two years in California before returning to the RVC to do a PhD in the Structure and Motion Laboratory investigating the effect of conformation on locomotor biomechanics in the horse. Since 2005 Renate has been employed at the RVC dividing her time between clinical work in large animal diagnostic imaging and research in imaging, locomotor biomechanics and veterinary education.

Natasha Werpy
graduated from the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO (CSU). After completing an equine internship in 1999-2000, she completed a year imaging internship with Norm Rantanen. Then she did a diagnostic imaging residency with Norm and at CSU. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology. She worked as the Medical Imaging Director at the Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at CSU under Wayne McIlwraith from 2004–2011. She is currently an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Florida in Gainesville with a 1.5 Tesla Toshiba MRI system and a CT system. In addition, she does private practice work, primarily reading MRIs from the Hallmarq system from several sites in the USA.

What you need to know...


Date & Location

November 2 to 5, 2017: Hotel Bristol

Prinz-Albert-Str. 2,
D-53113 Bonn;
Phone +49 (0) 228-2698-0, Fax -222;

Further information

Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;
contact@agpferd.de; www.agpferd.com

  • Bio of speakers in agpferd.com
  • Nearest airports: Cologne/Bonn (CGN); Düsseldorf (DUS); Frankfurt (FRA)
  • On Bonn (and also other hotels): bonn.de
  • Other AGPferd events: Please check under events in www.agpferd.com


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