Why having a second set of eyes on every radiographic study makes a difference for emergency veterinarians

Published by Dr. Tyler Lawnichak | St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Ceter

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INTRODUCTION

Dr. Tyler Lawnichak is a veterinarian at St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center in Florida. He spends much of his time utilizing radiographs to help patients during the hours after primary veterinary hospitals are closed. He has been an advocate at his clinic to adopt modern technologies.

“We are making a push to become a little more technologically sufficient in using technology to our advantage to help grow our practice and do what's best for our clients.”

On average, Dr. Lawnichak’s clinic reviews about 21 x-rays each week, 2-3 each shift. Personally reading most radiographs in his own clinic, it could take 45 minutes to an hour to obtain a conclusion; a turnaround time that poses a challenge for emergency veterinarians.


"I actually have had a couple foreign body patients with interesting presentations. They didn't quite fit the textbook and SignalPET has found both of them in a very timely fashion. This allowed us to go into surgery pretty quickly."

-Dr. Tyler Lawnichak


SOLUTION

In January of 2020, Dr. Lawnichak attended VMX in Orlando and discovered SignalPET, an artificial intelligence technology that is able to detect abnormalities and normals in routine radiographs in minutes. This is essential in the emergency setting. St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center tried SignalPET’s free trial to compare it to other radiograph software tools they were using.


IMPACT

In an emergency clinic where everything moves rapidly, timely and accurate radiograph interpretation is crucial to treating patients, “SignalPET is the easiest thing to send out for because it does come back the quickest. I wait for a report from SignalPET to be generated back to me before I go in and start diagnosing.”

SignalPET’s software supports Dr. Lawnichak in solving the issue of slow in-clinic readings, and creates conclusions that are reliable. The technology is easy to use, so there is little confusion for the emergency veterinarians. The time savings and consistent results make Dr. Lawnichak and his practice proponents of SignalPET.

“I actually have had a couple foreign body patients with interesting presentations. They didn't quite fit the textbook and SignalPET has found both of them in a very timely fashion. This allowed us to go into surgery pretty quickly,” added Lawnichak.

“That's why I continue using SignalPET; it finds those unusual cases and helps me make a plan and treat the patient in a more timely fashion.”