Sagittal groove disease of the equine proximal phalanx: New insights and improving diagnoses with magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography

Faulkner, Josephine
Faculteit Diergeneeskunde
Vakgroep Morfologie, Beeldvorming, Orthopedie, Revalidatie en Voeding
Josephine (Josie) Faulkner was born in England in 1987 but lived in various locations in southern Africa for most of her childhood. She completed her final years of secondary school in England and was subsequently accepted to study Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, UK. During her studies, Josie was the recipient of a Wellcome Trust Vets Vacation Research Scholarship and followed the equine elective rotation in her final year. Following graduation in 2013, Josie completed a one-year rotating internship at Randwick Equine Centre in Sydney, Australia. This culminated with an additional 2-months working for REC at a private Thoroughbred racing stable in China. She then moved to Perth, Australia and worked for the private clinic Valley Equine Veterinary Centre for nearly 4 years. During this time, she pursued an RCVS Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice through the University of Liverpool, UK and was on the committee of Equine Veterinarians Australia. In 2019, Josephine worked for short periods in the UK at Rossdales Equine Hospital and Bell Equine Veterinary Clinic before starting a four-year diagnostic imaging residency at Ghent University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Belgium. In 2023 she became a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (Large Animal track). Whilst at Ghent University Josie enrolled for a PhD focused on sagittal groove disease of the proximal phalanx in horses, supervised by Prof. Dr. Katrien Vanderperren and Dr. Stijn Hauspie. Much of the research was performed in collaboration with Equitom Equine Clinic with additional supervision from ECVDI-certified veterinary radiologist Zoe Joostens. Josie Faulkner has authored and co-authored several scientific publications and has actively participated in various national and international conferences. In January 2024, she started working at Murdoch University and VetCT in Perth, Australia.
Academische graad
Doctor in de diergeneeskundige wetenschappen
Taal proefschrift
Prof. Dr. Katrien Vanderperren, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UGent - Dr. Stijn Hauspie, Equitom Equine Clinic/ Idexx Teleradiology

Korte beschrijving

Sagittal groove disease (SGD) of the proximal phalanx (PP) is an orthopaedic disease of equine athletes that has been increasingly recognised with the amplification in the numbers of horses undergoing advanced imaging, however it is relatively sparsely described in the literature compared with other orthopaedic diseases. The research aimed to describe the range of abnormalities present in the fetlock joint in a large group of horses diagnosed with SGD on MRI and to utilise a newly formulated MRI classification system for SGD which reflects the potential pathways of pathological progression and severity of bone stress injury. Additionally, some methods for metal artefact reduction that can be used in CT of horses surgically treated for SGD were validated and compared.


Woensdag 29 mei 2024, 16:00

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