MR and CT experts team

Maren Heilige

studied veterinary medicine at the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover. Subsequently she received her doctoral thesis at the Equine Clinic of the Freie Universität Berlin. From 2002 – 2007 she qualified as a veterinary specialist for horses at a private veterinary clinic in Germany. Since 2008 she works in the department of orthopaedics and diagnostic imaging at the Equine Clinic of the University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Foundation, where she deals primarily with orthopaedic cases and all the different imaging modalities (Nuclear Scintigraphy, Thermography, Ultrasound, X – ray, CT and MR). Since five years she has available a Multislice Big Bore CT Scanner with which she performs CT scans on the equine stifle and the cervical spine. She also does the equine MR imaging of the skull and the legs with a 3T high field MR of orthopaedic and neurological cases.

Gabriel Manso Diaz

graduated from the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM) in Spain, and then he completed a Master in Research in Veterinary Sciences. After this, he did a PhD on comparison of advanced imaging modalities in the diagnosis of head disorders in the horse. Gabriel splits his time between clinical work in veterinary diagnostic imaging and clinical research, with a particular emphasis on equine head, spinal and abdominal imaging. He currently works at the Diagnostic Imaging Department of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the UCM and at the Equine Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Royal Veterinary College in London (UK), where he is performing an alternative residency in Diagnostic Imaging (Large Animal Track).

Sarah Puchalski

graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Canada. Between 1999 and 2001 she completed a 2-years internship/residency in Field Service and Sports Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Centre. Then she did a diagnostic imaging residency at the University of California, Davis and obtained board certification in the American College of Veterinary Radiology in 2004. She was an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging in the Department of Radiological and Surgical Sciences of the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California Davis, and left the University for private consulting practice working. Currently she interprets many different imaging modalities for a variety of US and international clinics.

Natasha Werpy

graduated from the Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO (CSU). After completing an equine internship in 1999-2000, she completed a year imaging internship with Norm Rantanen. Then she did a diagnostic imaging residency with Norm and at CSU. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology. She worked as the Medical Imaging Director at the Gail Holmes Equine Orthopaedic Research Center at CSU under Wayne McIlwraith from 2004–2011. She is currently an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Florida in Gainesville with a 1.5 Tesla Toshiba MRI system and a CT system. In addition, she does private practice work, primarily reading MRIs from the Hallmarq system from several sites in the USA.