View Full Version : Mr G Skerritts response to Dr Ingpen

27th August 2008, 08:52 PM
Geoff Skerritt has asked that this be posted as he feels he has right
of reply.

He has given permission for anyone to crosspost.

<<Dear All,

Thank-you for your support. I am surprised by the impertinence of
this man! Considering that I lectured in veterinary anatomy for 20
years, pioneered veterinary MRI, was a founder of the European
College of Veterinary Neurology and currently have one of the largest
caseloads of veterinary MRI in the world, it is surprising that a man
with no applicable qualifications should think that he knows more
than I about a study that has occupied me for 10 years. The many
students that I have examined would find Dr Ingpen's questioning of
my ability most amusing. Much of my early work, including
publications and presentations, were with Charlie Davies, Consultant
Neurosurgeon at the Preston Hospital (human!) allowing parallel
study of Chiari in human patients.

Dr Ingpen should know that the best MRI material for interpretation
is on the VDU of the scanner -- my reports are so-based. Original
hardcopy film is OK but any other reproduction is for illustrative
purposes only. I don't know which films he thought he saw but it
sounds as if he needs some lessons in basic interpretation.

I have viewed about 1000 scans of Cavaliers ---- I think I know
what I am looking at! On both T1 and T2 weighted images there can be
little doubt about the presence of syringomyelia; enlarged lateral
ventricles are often obvious but I have always conceded that they can
be present as a completely separate entity. The most difficult
feature to assess is herniation of the cerebellum into/through the
foramen magnum; however, if you compare likely abnormals with
definite normals ( the same and other breeds ) caudal protrusion of
the vermis ( not the tonsils of the human patient ) is clear but you
must be able to identify the bone of the occiput ( not easy since it
is black not white as on a radiograph ).

I would appreciate an apology, Dr Ingpen.


Geoff Skerritt


27th August 2008, 10:04 PM
Well of course it make perfect sense to me so I don't how some are confused. I must say I respect the man for keeping his cool in this letter when he must be very upset. Poor fella to be put down when he is probably the most experienced in the whole world in this field. I hope someone sends him my comment, I defend him :thmbsup:

27th August 2008, 11:14 PM
I've posted already to the main threads on the programme, where this was being discussed. :thmbsup:

I think the two men involved will probably take this up privately now.

28th August 2008, 09:01 PM
Sorry Karlin

Did not mean to step on your toes.
I have been so incensed by these breeders on THAT programme just felt I had to do something, especially when that Dr Ingpen wrote that e mail and when I responded back to him his answer was "I viewed the mentioned scan in breeders home":jump: YES RIGHT.