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Last Chance To Register for E.I. Medical Imaging's OPU/IVF Course

Posted by Jim Turner on Thu, Jun 26, 2014 @ 02:01 PM

Ibex OPURegistration for the OPU and IVF course in Tulare, California is nearing the deadline.  Registration for the course will remain open until midnight on June 27, 2014.  There are a few remaining spots left for the course and we encourage you to get registered ASAP!

The information on the course is as follows:

Location: Tulare, CA (class size limited – first come/first served)

Date/Time:  July 8th (9:00 am to 6:00 pm PDT) – 9th (7:00 am to 12:00 pm PDT), 2014

Instructors: 

Alex Souza DVM PhD – University of California - Cooperative Extension

Pablo Ross DVM PhD – University of California Davis – Animal Science Department

Elena Silva DVM PhD – National Foundation for Fertility Research, Lone Tree Colorado

Class General Outline:  All equipment/materials will be supplied

Tuesday July 8: (9:00 am - 12:00 pm) Lecture

Tuesday July 8: (12:00 pm - 1:00 pm) LUNCH

Tuesday July 8: (1:00 pm - 6:00 pm) Wet Lab / Embryo Laboratory Work

Wednesday July 9: (7:00 am - 12:00 pm) OPU on Cows / Searching for Oocytes

Wednesday July 9:  Class is over at 12:00 pm noon.

 

Hotel Headquarters: $85(plus taxes) to receive this rate mention E.I. Medical Imaging, reservations must be made by: Friday, June 27, 2014

Contact:  Krystle Langan (559) 686-8700

Hampton Inn & Suites – Tulare

1100 North Cherry Street

Tulare, CA 93274

Fee:  Registration DEADLINE Friday, June 27, 2014

 $1,000 US

Covers all course instructional and laboratory materials, one lunch, one dinner, and snacks/drinks at breaks.

Overview:

The class is limited in size on a “First come – First serve” bases, so that everyone gets personalized attention. 

Disposable Boots and Coveralls are supplied at no charge.

Lunch and dinner will be provided on Thursday, July 8, and snacks/drinks will be available during the whole course.

For further information, please contact Gary Veserat, E.I. Medical Imaging:  (530) 668-4884

Register For OPU and IVF Short Course in CA

Tags: Bovine ultrasound, E.I. Medical Imaging, ultrasound training, veterinary ultrasound, Bovine Reproduction, Bovine Veterinarian, Basic Bovine Ultrasound Class, OPU, IVF

E.I. Medical Imaging Offers Bovine Course

Posted by Jim Turner on Mon, Jun 16, 2014 @ 02:46 PM

E.I. Medical Imaging has been busy planning our latest offering of bovine ultrasound classes to be featured as one of our special events of the year.  This bovine ultrasound class will be held  in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 16-17, 2014. The information regarding the ultrasound course can be found below.  We have very limited space in our classes and we would love to have you as one of our special attendees.  Get registered today to reserve your spot.

BOVINE ULTRASOUND COURSE

 Lecture, Video/Power Point, Advanced Fetal Sexing, and Wet Lab at a Dairy

  

IbexE.I. Medical is sponsoring a two-day bovine ultrasound course in Albuquerque, NM:

 Where: Double Tree Hotel (Hilton) across the street from the Convention Center:  Room Rate SPECIAL per night (code provided upon successful class registration)  

*[Hotel Special Rate Registration Deadline: Friday, August 15.]

When:  September 16-17, 2014 

Description:  The class will begin with a lecture, including videos, power point presentation and questions and answers at the Double Tree Hotel.

Classroom Lecture:  Tuesday, September 16 - 12:30 to 5:30 pm PDT at Double Tree Hotel (Hilton) 

Wet Lab: Wednesday September 17 - 6:00 am to 1:00 pm PDT

Course Description: (includes syllabus) 

The lecture portion of the class will begin at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, September 16 and conclude about 5:30 pm.  The lecture portion will cover bovine reproductive anatomy – both; normal and pathology, ovarian structures, pregnancy (early - late), fetal sexing, equipment necessary to provide quality imaging ultrasonography.

The following morning, Wednesday, September 17, at 6:00 am we will catch a bus outside the hotel and have a brief bus trip to a modern large dairy in New Mexico.  [Disposable Coveralls and boots will be supplied]  The student will scan cows for about four (4) hours at the dairy.  We will then clean up and take a short bus ride to lunch and should be back at the hotel by 1:00 pm.

FEES:

Full Class (5 hours lecture and 4 hours wet lab): $350 

Lecture ONLY (general lecture PLUS 2 hours on FETAL SEXING): $150

Classroom Lecture Schedule:  Tuesday, September 16

  • General Lecture:  12:30 pm to 3:30 pm

  • Break:  3:30 to 3:45

  • Advanced Fetal Sexing: 3:45 pm to 5:45 pm

Wet Lab Schedule: Wednesday, September 17

  • Bus departs Double Tree Hotel at 6:00 am PDT

  • Scan cows from 7:00 am to 11:00 am (approx)

  • Clean up

  • Bus to Lunch

  • Bus to return to Double Tree Hotel by 1:00 pm PDT

Modern New Mexico Dairy

[Disposable Coveralls and boots will be supplied]

Hotel Information:

Double Tree Hotel (Hilton) across the street from the Convention Center:  Room Rate SPECIAL (code provided upon successful class registration)  [Hotel Special Rate Registration Deadline: Friday, August 15.]

Class Outline: 

Lecture - 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm Tuesday, September 16

Introductions / Brief Statement

Bovine Reproductive Anatomy

  • Normal:

o   Ovaries

  • Assigning cows to a group

  • Setting up Sync Programs

o   Uterus

o   Fetus/Membranes

  • Pathology:

o   Ovaries

  • Treatments

o   Uterus

  • Metritis, Pyometra, etc.

o   Fetus/Membranes

  • Fetal Death, Arthrogryposis, bicephaly, etc.

  • Pregnancy & Estimating Fetal Age

o   Fetal Tables / Calipers for measuring

o   Visual

  • Twins

o   Ovaries / CL’s

o   Uterus/Fetus

  • Sexing

o   Locating “GT”

  • Equipment

o   Reliable equipment

Wet Lab: 

Bus departs Double Tree Hotel at 6:00 am PDT Wednesday, September 17

Scan cows from 7:00 am to 11:00 am (for about four (4) hours)

Clean up

Bus to Lunch

Bus to return to Double Tree Hotel by 1:00 pm PDT

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Tags: Bovine ultrasound, bovine ultrasound training, basic ultrasound, Bovine Reproduction

Basic Ultrasound Bovine Reproduction Class Full in Nebraska

Posted by Jim Turner on Fri, May 09, 2014 @ 01:04 PM

graduationWe are very excited to have offered opportunities to provide education and training of basic bovine reproduction courses using the Ibex® Portable Ultrasound. The classes are offered to all current users of our Ibex® Portable Ultrasound Solutions and to all potential customers of the Ibex®.  I wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know that the class being offered in Bridgeport, Nebraska is no longer available as the class has now reached the maximum number of attendees. 

If you are still interested in a class in that area, please contact us and let us know if you want to attend and we may be able to offer a second class in the area. If you are interested in a class in any of the other offered areas, you can register for them today.  As you can see these classes fill up quickly so do not hesitate to get your name in for the great education.

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Tags: Bovine ultrasound, E.I. Medical Imaging, ultrasound training, veterinary ultrasound, Bovine Reproduction, Bovine Veterinarian, Basic Bovine Ultrasound Class, Ultrasound

E.I. Medical Imaging Interviews Dr. Jill Colloton

Posted by Jim Turner on Thu, Apr 24, 2014 @ 10:15 AM

I am excited to be able to provide some of the interviews we filmed at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners that took place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 2013.  The first of such interviews we are providing is one of our very good friends and a great supporter of ours, Dr. Jill Colloton. 

Dr. Colloton recently taught a basic bovine reproduction class for E.I. Medical Imaging in Abbotsford, Wisconsin, and it was very successful.  We are glad to have Dr. Colloton as a supporter and we would love for you to support her too.

We continue to have education and training regarding the use of our durable and portable ultrasound systems throughout the year, and in nearly every region of the country.  If you are interested in taking a basic bovine reproduction course, we can register you for an upcoming class. if you are interested in scheduling a class with Dr. Colloton we highly recommend her services.  You can visit her website at Bovine Services, LLC.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a free demonstration of our Ibex® Portable Ultrasound, contact us today. 

 

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Tags: Ibex Training, Bovine ultrasound, E.I. Medical Imaging, ultrasound training, veterinary ultrasound, Bovine Reproduction, Bovine Veterinarian, Basic Bovine Ultrasound Class, Dr. Jill Colloton, Ultrasound

E.I. Medical Answers Your Bovine Reproduction Questions

Posted by Jim Turner on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 10:23 AM

QandAAt E.I. Medical Imaging we get a number of questions about our product but we also get use case questions from many of our current customers and general questions from the public about bovine reproduction and other issues in our industry.  One recent conversation I wanted to share with you as many of you may have this question. I thought it would be good to share with all of our customers and potential users.  The question I will put forth first and the response to the question was written by our very own in house veterinarian, Dr. Erika Wierman. Dr. Wierman is heading up our education and training here at E.I. Medical Imaging and we will soon be launching more information about our program.  For now we will be happy to respond to questions like these:

[QUESTION]

Hello, 

I am a veterinary student ... and will be graduating in a year. I am planning on doing food animal work- mainly cattle. I enjoy bovine reproduction and have done a fair amount of work in that area already...


The first question is do you have a book, or a document, or know if [sic] such a thing exists to show pictures of bovine fetuses on ultrasound as they mature. I would think someone has made a book that shows a 28 day fetus, then 29, and so on. This would help me by allowing me to see the progression of different structures as the embryo develops. I understand measuring is accurate, but it would be helpful to fine tune my recognition of other structures coming into focus- such as rib bones on a 50 day old fetus. I have scanned many cattle with a reproductive physiologist from Virginia Tech, W.E. Beal, and have completed a [sic] independent study of Reproductive Ultrasound in Cattle under him. I have scanned many cattle- but there is always room to get better! 

[ANSWER]

Thank you so much for your interest and faith in our products!

I am attaching a chart from the Practical Atlas of Ruminant and Reproductive Anatomy (2010) that is used widely for identifying structures as they become apparent on ultrasound in the bovine fetus.  Most classes that I have attended on bovine reproductive ultrasound include images from various stages of pregnancy in the notes or presentation, and those should be relatively easy to find, but I think that this table is quite useful.

My other suggestion is to become familiar with the Drost Project (www.drostproject.org) … here you will find wonderful gross pathology examples and a few ultrasound images as well. 

There are several gestation tables published for fetal measurements to determine stage of pregnancy – you will find them in the literature but as you may know, the Ibex line has these tables built in – by taking a linear measurement with a table applied, you will instantly get an accurate measurement and gestational age; this feature is useful when dealing with clients but is also a valuable learning tool.

This is only one example of the many questions we receive and we encourage all of our visitors, our customers, and our many potential users to ask as many questions as possible of our expertise.  We are here to help you!  Do you have a question?  Contact us or even leave it right here in the comments section and we will be right back with a response.

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Tags: Bovine ultrasound, E.I. Medical Imaging, veterinary ultrasound, veterinary portable ultrasound, veterinary practice tips, Bovine Reproduction, Pregnancy Checking Cattle

Bovine Reproduction and the ROI of Portable Ultrasound

Posted by Jim Turner on Tue, Oct 15, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

Ibex Use In Bovine Reproduction

As we sit here in the midst of completing our budgets for 2014 at E.I. Medical Imaging a common question is for us to look at expenditures for the previous couple of years and ask, "What was the return on the investment?"  Suffice it to say this is a question asked in any business setting and for any department.  The same can be said for veterinarians and livestock producers.  As the title of the article here infers, what is the return on investment of purchasing a portable ultrasound system?  We here at E.I. Medical Imaging are the first to try to find ways to make the systems we sell more affordable for our customers.  In fact we discuss this at length every time we get together in a sales meeting, a marketing strategy session, and even now as we prepare our budgets for 2014.

In a recent article published in Bovine Veterinarian entitled, Bovine Repro Today and Tomorrow, they take a look at where we are in the bovine reproduction industry and perhaps where we might be headed.  They start right away with talking about the economy of the beef and dairy markets and pointing out that the industries are using new technologies for their business and that many of the technologies being used have "trade offs and caveats."

We know that the cost of an Ibex® portable ultrasound is a large investment.  In order to offset the cost of the system, there has to be a return on the investment that can be realized by the veterinarian in their practice or the cattle or dairy producer, or perhaps better yet--both. The article mentioned in Bovine Practitioner has some good examples of uses of portable ultrasound. Producers are using ultrasound to scan their cows after breeding to determine pregnancy, to determine the age of the fetus and in some cases they are sexing the fetus at the same time. All of this is translating into higher profits as stated in the article because heifers can be qualified and raised to higher tiered programs.  As stated:

Premiums for qualified heifers are helping drive demand for ultrasound scanning. In Show-Me-Select sales from fall 2010 through 2012, qualified, natural-service bred heifers  sold for an average of $1,638, and those with verified AI pregnancies averaged $1,830. Those heifers that were AI sired from high-accuracy sires that qualify for Tier 2 in the program and were carrying AI-sired pregnancies averaged $1,968.

It wouldn't take long at this premium to realize pretty quickly a return on investment for a purchase of your Ibex® Portable Ultrasound System. As a veterinarian you can offer the service above to your clients and as producer, you can demand better prices and realize more profits for your cattle.  Certainly a win-win situation.

It should also be noted that there may be issues with timing using ultrasound.  A good point discovered in the article and a point made by Paul Fricke, PhD regarding a "trade off or caveat" is:

Fricke says he is trying to move dairies away from using ultrasound before 30 days post-breeding, with 32 days preferable and 39 days better for accurate non-pregnancy diagnosis and re-synchronization. Most importantly, diagnosis using ultrasound should be based on visualization of a corpus luteum, fluid in the uterus and detection of an embryo with a heartbeat.

I am not quite sure this is a trade off of using ultrasound more than just a protocol that must be established as part of the normal business routine. Working together a vet and the producer can establish the proper business plan that will work to provide the best return on investment possible.

We would love to help all veterinarians and producers understand the reasons for using ultrasound in bovine reproduction.  The above is merely scratching the surface on ways you can use the ultrasound system to be a more productive, more profitable and a more efficient and successful business.  Contact us today for a free demonstration of your new Ibex® Portable Ultrasound System.

 

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Premiums for qualified heifers are helping drive demand for ultrasound scanning. In Show-Me-Select sales from fall 2010 through 2012, qualified, natural-service bred heifers  sold for an average of $1,638, andthose with verified AI pregnancies averaged $1,830. Those heifers that were AI sired from high-accuracy sires that qualify for Tier 2 in the program and were carrying AI-sired pregnancies averaged $1,968. - See more at: http://www.bovinevetonline.com/bv-magazine/Bovine-repro--today-and-tomorrow-225401572.html?ref=572&page=2#sthash.hE9NRTEf.dpuf

Premiums for qualified heifers are helping drive demand for ultrasound scanning. In Show-Me-Select sales from fall 2010 through 2012, qualified, natural-service bred heifers  sold for an average of $1,638, andthose with verified AI pregnancies averaged $1,830. Those heifers that were AI sired from high-accuracy sires that qualify for Tier 2 in the program and were carrying AI-sired pregnancies averaged $1,968. - See more at: http://www.bovinevetonline.com/bv-magazine/Bovine-repro--today-and-tomorrow-225401572.html?ref=572&page=2#sthash.hE9NRTEf.dpuf

to check pregnancy, fetal age and,  in some cases, sex of the fetus. - See more at: http://www.bovinevetonline.com/bv-magazine/Bovine-repro--today-and-tomorrow-225401572.html?ref=572&page=2#sthash.hE9NRTEf.dpuf

to check pregnancy, fetal age and,  in some cases, sex of the fetus. - See more at: http://www.bovinevetonline.com/bv-magazine/Bovine-repro--today-and-tomorrow-225401572.html?ref=572&page=2#sthash.hE9NRTEf.dpuf

Tags: Bovine ultrasound, E.I. Medical Imaging, veterinary ultrasound, veterinary portable ultrasound, veterinary practice tips, Bovine Reproduction, bovine fetal sexing, bovine fetal aging, Fetal Sexing, Fetal Viability, Pregnancy Checking Cattle

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