Official Veterinarian Palm Beach Equine Clinic Announces Addition of State-of-the-Art CT Scanner


Edited Press Release

December 23, 2023 – Wellington, FL – Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC), the Official Veterinarian of the Winter Equestrian Festival and Adequan® Global Dressage Festival, is thrilled to announce the addition of a 2024 Canon Aquilion LB Exceed Dual Energy Computed Tomography (CT) scanner to its lineup of modern medical imaging modalities.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic is currently the only facility in South Florida with a Canon Aquilion LB Exceed CT scanner, which is six times faster than other CT capabilities. PBEC is located just minutes from Wellington International, making it easy for owners to bring their horses to the facility for diagnosis and treatment.

With increased speed, there is less motion and consequently a sharper and more accurate image. This specific CT scanner is also equipped with Dual Energy, which permits Palm Beach Equine Clinic veterinarians to visualize subchondral bone injury and edema. This CT scanner is also supplied with artificial intelligence to maximize the quality of the image.

“There is no other CT in South Florida that can compete with the quality of the images produced by our scanner,” stated Dr. Scott Swerdlin, President of Palm Beach Equine Clinic. “Our hospital takes enormous pride in being the foremost world-class facility equipped with the industry’s most advanced technology for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of your valued sport horse.”

CT technology utilizes electron beams to digitally identify structures on multiple planes, from multiple angles, allowing veterinarians to examine structures, such as the skull, spine, and distal limbs, on an intricate level.

The Canon Aquilion LB Exceed Dual Energy CT scanner combines extremely detailed image quality with the versatility needed for advanced veterinary medicine. The technology of this CT scanner allows remarkable imaging of bone and soft tissue structures at the highest resolution.

The entire scanning unit of the Canon Aquilion LB Exceed Dual Energy CT sits on a gantry, which moves in all directions around the patient. The system can be elevated to scan the head and neck or lowered to scan the distal limbs of a standing horse. The CT scanner’s large bore, or opening of the CT scanner, size of 90cm allowed Palm Beach Equine Clinic veterinarians to produce a CT image of an equine pelvis for the first time.

“We are very excited to bring this world-class technology to Wellington and provide an incomparable service to horse owners in the area,” said Dr. Swerdlin. “Our new Canon Aquilion LB Exceed Dual Energy CT scanner will allow us to more accurately diagnose injuries in every part of a horse’s body, while also making the process easy and extremely quick, literally in a matter of seconds. The imaging team consists of a talented group of imaging-specific technicians as well as veterinarians which include Board-Certified Radiologists Drs. Sarah Puchalski and Stacy Aarsvold. Our imaging team is headed by Dr. Karen Beste, Board-Certified Surgeon, who will coordinate and communicate with all referring veterinarians.”

The modern medical imaging modalities at Palm Beach Equine Clinic, including CT, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), digital radiographs, and nuclear scintigraphy (bone scan), permit veterinarians to make a timely diagnosis and are available for all equine patients, even if their primary veterinarian is not at Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

“I would like to personally extend an invitation to all Wellington veterinarians to visit Palm Beach Equine Clinic to learn more about what the Canon Aquilion LB Exceed Dual Energy CT scanner has to offer in their practice,” concluded Dr. Swerdlin.

Palm Beach Equine Clinic has provided the highest quality of equine health care for more than 40 years. With cutting-edge technology and great compassion for the horses, Palm Beach Equine Clinic is committed to providing exceptional service for both patients and owners. For more information on what Palm Beach Equine Clinic has to offer, visit, or call 561-793-1599.

All photos courtesy of Palm Beach Equine Clinic.

About Palm Beach Equine Clinic

Palm Beach Equine Clinic is a full-service medical facility offering care 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Equipped with a surgical center, advanced diagnostic imaging units, laboratory, pharmacy, reproductive station and breeding shed, recovery stalls, and isolation unit, Palm Beach Equine Clinic has the necessary tools for diagnosing and treating a variety of cases. Palm Beach Equine Clinic is ideally based in the international hub of elite equestrian competition, Wellington, Florida, and is within riding distance of the Winter Equestrian Festival, Global Dressage Festival, and National Polo Center. Palm Beach Equine Clinic is proud to care for all horses, whether they are an Olympic-level athlete, trusted show pony, or reliable trail horse.