British Veterinary Association (BVA) use Visbion software to go digital with their hip and elbow dysplasia schemes.
Hip and elbow dysplasia in dogs is monitored through radiographic assessment carried out through the British Veterinary Association (BVA) & Kennel Club (KC) Hip and Elbow Dysplasia Schemes.
Submissions are received from all over the UK and from many other countries worldwide and were formerly sent in for evaluation to the scrutineers as conventional radiographic films.
Once the printed films were received at an acceptable image size, scrutineers manually scored the joints using a lightbox and Müller Ischiometer (an orthopaedic device used for measuring the Norberg angle of joints).
This process took up to several minutes per exam and with over 300 radiographs to get through each session, it was clear that change was needed to bring the process into the 21st century.
Visbion were approached by BVA looking for a digital solution. After trials, it became apparent that Visbion’s turnaround time for scoring exams came in 60% less than the manual process and significantly lower than any other vendor could offer.
This made it a very simple decision for BVA with the support of the Scrutineers to choose Visbion.
The new system enables vets to send in radiographs on CD and 75% of submissions are now received digitally. Ruth Dennis, Chief Scrutineer, is pleased with the Visbion system, commenting: ‘The transition to assessment of digital images using the Visbion system has speeded up the scoring and grading processes and is easier for the scrutineers.
It also has significant advantages for our on-going QC exercises and for discussing images at the annual Panel meeting.
A full case study will be available soon.