I'm catching up on several weeks of Our Dogs papers, handed on to me by a friend. In one of them there's an interesting article headed 'Thermal Imaging could help diagnose syringomyelia'. Taking up a preliminary study by Dr Marino in the US, a UK firm called Veterinary Thermal Imaging is using Cavaliers and Chihuahuas to study using thermal imaging to diagnose SM. It requires no sedation, just the dog sitting on the table, gently held still by its owner, while the thermal imaging camera is held several feet behind it. Apparently Dr Marino found that when CM or CM/SM was present (evidenced by an MRI scan) the thermal image was 'cooler' than with a normal MRI. So if the correlation proves to be consistent, thermal imaging could be a reliable way of confirming the presence of CM/SM. Not to mention much cheaper, and avoiding anaesthesia and travel to an MRI centre. An interesting possibility - could Rod or Pat tell us any more about Dr Marino's study?

Kate, Oliver and Aled