Advanced imaging modalities such as CT, MRI, ultrasound, etc have improved dramatically in the past decade creating better visualization of normal and abnormal anatomy. The imaging can be performed on living or deceased animals to create live view and reference material studies, respectfully. Along with the newer imaging technology come the different formats in which to view the data sets. These formats include virtual reality, augmented reality, and more each with pros and cons. New non-formaldehyde preserved cadaver learning models that are compatible with advanced imaging have recently become an option for teaching and learning surgical skills. Whether representing normal or abnormal tissues, the information gained from the new technology can be used to better guide surgical decisions. This discussion will cover the use of these newer teaching and learning modalities and their potential uses in avian (or other animal) surgery.
NEI TEC is proud to welcome our special guest presenter. Dr Scott Echols is a practicing and researching veterinarian living in Salt Lake City, UT. His veterinary focus is avian medicine and surgery. While his research focuses on developing advanced imaging technologies that apply to all animals, humans and other fields of research. Dr Echols is the recipient of the 2005 TJ Lafeber Avian Practitioner of the Year Award, Texas Veterinary Medical Association 2007 Non-Traditional Species Practitioner of the Year Award and Texas A&M 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award. His artwork and collaborative research have been on the cover of numerous journals. Dr Echols founded numerous businesses and is a frequent author, lecturer, visiting professor and inventor.