A CAT Scan for Cats! LOLZ!!

November 10, 2009

At NIWeek in August, we were able to showcase a bunch of customers and their applications. Animage was one of those companies. Animage…like, animal? Yes. You are correct. Animals! We already know that I love animals, so I am really excited to share this with you.

Ok so here is the technical description of what Animage is doing:

The Challenge:
Quickly developing and deploying an embedded, multimodality diagnostic imaging system for small animal veterinary practices.

The Solution:
Using NI LabVIEW and CompactRIO to rapidly create a functional prototype to demonstrate feasibility, and then quickly migrating 100 percent of the prototype software code to NI Single-Board RIO to create a final solution for deployment.

Here is my version: They made a CT Scan for Cats. For times like this:

Aren’t you glad I write this blog? Yeah, I wouldn’t have known what that description meant either. Good thing I work with Emilie. She knows how to deconstruct the technical jargon, and I know how to…well…talk about underwear and Oprah. Don’t worry, the company already knows they’re getting a little more bang for their buck with Em than with me.

So, let’s get serious. Back to the cats. If only I would tell you how many of my conversations start like that every day.

With LabVIEW and NI Single-Board RIO, Animage avoided having to develop most of the system from scratch, which shortened time to market and saved an estimated three man-years of development time, or about $300,000 in labor costs. And now, your animal (cat or anything else that ends up at the vet’s office) can get an X-Ray, CT scan, or motion-capture X-ray video when if it gets hurt. You can read more about it here.

When one of our dogs was a puppy, he hurt his paw and had to have a really pathetic little cast.


Don’t worry, we took good care of him and he has grown up to be a healthy dog.


But, maybe he could have benefited from Animage’s invention.