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Brainsight Helps MU Doctors Save Dogs, Cats

MU is one of three U.S. universities using Brainsight MRI technology for veterinary patients.

Amanda Zerkel examines Dianne Fields’ English setter

Third Year Vetmed student Amanda Zerkel examines Dianne Fields’ English setter, Callie, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February 2012. Photo by Nicholas Benner.

Dianne Fields of St. Louis takes her English setter, Callie, to a nursing home twice a month to entertain seniors.

“She is a therapy dog, but most of all, she’s my best friend,” Fields says.
When Callie was diagnosed with a brain tumor in February 2012, Fields wanted the best treatment for the dog. Callie had surgery at MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Doctors used the Brainsight MRI, which created a 3-D model of the dog’s brain, to pinpoint the tumor’s location. The surgery went perfectly.

MU is one of three universities in the country using Brainsight veterinary technology. Fred Wininger, an MU assistant professor of neurology and neurosurgery, and colleagues at Rogue Research in Montreal adapted the Brainsight technology for use on dogs and cats.

“This surgery would likely have been less successful if we didn’t have this equipment,” Wininger says.