November 7-10, 2019 Bremen, Germany

ATF (German Academy accrediting veterinary events for continuous professional education) is being seeked

The course will allow you to advance your CT and MR image reading and finding interpretation skills.


November 7, 2019 Thursday
CT imaging with Maren Hellige and Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 09:30 – Different CT systems. Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 10:00 – CT artefacts and quiz. Maren Hellige
  • 10:30 – Reading CT images: How to use DICOM viewers. Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 11:00 – Coffee break
  • 11:30 – Reading CT images: Lesion description. Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 12:00 – CT of the equine head: Teeth and sinuses. Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – CT anatomy revision and Quiz. Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 14:15 – Reading CT images of the head. History, findings and interpretation 
  • 15:45 – Coffee Break
  • 16:15 – Reading CT images of the head, sinus and teeth. History, findings and interpretation 
  • 18:15 – End
November 8, 2019 Friday
CT imaging with Maren Hellige and Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 09:00 – CT in headshaking horses. Maren Hellige
  • 09:30 – New CT papers. Gabriel Manso Diaz
  • 10:00 – Cervical CT: Technique and anatomy quiz. Maren Hellige
  • 10:30 – Coffee break
  • 11:00 – Cervical CT. Maren Hellige
  • 12:00 – Orthopedic CT. Maren Hellige
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Reading CT images of orthopedic cases. History, findings and interpretation 
  • 15:45 – Coffee break
  • 16:15 – Reading CT images of cervical spine cases. History, findings and interpretation 
  • 18:00 – End
  • 18:30 – Guided theme tour and dinner
November 9, 2019 Saturday
MR imaging with Rachel Murray and Natasha Werpy
  • 09:00 – A step by step approach to reading an MRI study – Identifying abnormalities and recognizing artifacts. Natasha Werpy
  • 10:00 – Coffee break
  • 10:30 – MRI findings in horses with lameness localized to the proximal suspensory ligaments in the front and hind limbs. Natasha Werpy
  • 11:45 – The clinical relevance of MRI findings in the fetlock region. Rachel Murray
  • 13:00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Reading MR images of foot and pasternHistory, findings and interpretation 
  • 15:45 – Coffee break
  • 16:15 – Reading MR images of the fetlock. History, findings and interpretation 
  • 18:00 – End 
November 10, 2019 Sunday
MR imaging with Rachel Murray and Natasha Werpy
  • 8:30 – Comparison of MRI findings to ultrasounds, nuclear scintigraphy, and CT – understanding comparative imaging. Natasha Werpy
  • 10:00 – Coffee break
  • 11:00 – What can we see on follow up scans with different types of MRI pathology? Prognosis, relevance to treatment and outcome. Rachel Murray
  • 12:15 – What types of MRI pathology do we see with different sports? Rachel Murray
  • 13.00 – Lunch
  • 14:00 – Reading MR images of the proximal metacarpal region and carpus. History, findings and interpretation 
  • 15:30 – Coffee break
  • 16:00 – Reading MR images of the proximal metatarsal region, tarsus and stifle. History, findings and interpretation 
  • 17:30 – End
The instructors
What you need to know...
The instructors

Maren Hellige
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.


Rachel Murray
graduated from the University of Cambridge and completed Internship and Residency programs in equine medicine and surgery in the USA, before working as the Equine surgeon at the University of Cambridge. She is since 1997 in the Animal Health Trust, where she runs the Equine Magnetic Resonance Imaging diagnostic service and orthopaedic research. She works with a clinical high field MR system since 2000, and with a low field standing unit since 2006.


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).


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.

What you need to know...

Dates and location

November 7 to 10, 2019
Radisson Blu Hotel  – see address below



Radisson Blu Hotel
Böttcherstrasse 2
D-28195 Bremen · Germany
 +49 (0) 421 3696 0;
reservations through

A room contingent has been reserved until the end of early registration.
Single room rate is Euro 119 (including VAT). Please refer to it mentioning “Pferdekurs”.



Further information


Arbeitsgruppe Pferd – Task Force Horse
Arno Lindner
Heinrich-Röttgen-Str. 20, 52428 Jülich, Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 2461 340-430; Fax: -484;