There’s an interesting article in today’s Alaska Dispatch about DeeDee Jonrowe, one of the Iditarod’s most popular mushers. Jonrowe mushed her first race in 1980. She has completed 28 Iditarods, with 2 second place finishes and 15 top ten finishes.
The article describes how she’s working with a medical imaging service called Raven Infrared to “map” her dogs and create a digital library of them showing areas of increased blood flow. Such areas could suggest the early stages of injury–for example, where a dog is pulling too hard or having some other difficulty. Such information allows a musher or veterinarian to catch problems early and address them before they become serious.