What can you do in six seconds? Compose a tweet? Send a text? How about save a life?

To the average person, six seconds is hardly enough time to scan an e-mail, but for veterinarians at the University of Minnesota it’s long enough to run a 3-D CT scan and determine if a patient can live. For dog-owner Betsy Strachota, those split seconds saved her best friend’s life after he fell five stories.

According to CBS Minnesota, new imaging technology at the U of M revealed that Strachota’s dog, Gauge, had a fractured hip in enough time to operate; his heartbeat was barely audible. Now, thanks to the U of M, Gauge is recovering from his procedure and can walk again!