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Hallmarq updates MRI unit for small animals

A Tennessee practice is among the first to use the second-generation system.

Hallmarq updates MRI unit for small animals
The Hallmarq Small Animal MRI can be used with pets ranging in size from Chihuahuas to Great Danes.

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging, whose products include a standing MRI machine for horses, has released a second-generation MRI system for large-breed dogs and other small animals.

The 1.5T high-field unit comes with five coils, including a 1-meter-long V-shaped spine coil and bed, to assist with the imaging of large-breed dogs.

“This coil fits closely to the pet’s shape, providing a 20% better signal than a flatbed made for humans,” the company reported.

Illinois-based Hallmarq installed the new system at Veterinary Care and Specialty Group in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

“The technology has progressed so quickly and now we are able to diagnose these exceedingly difficult diseases and neurological disorders,” said VCSG’s Christiane Massicotte, DVM, MS, Ph.D., DACVIM. “We used to lose 95% of meningitis cases, but now it’s an exception when we lose one of them.”

The Hallmarq Small Animal MRI features a built-in RF shield for increased patient safety and to allow free access to the MRI room, according to the company.

Purchase incentives for practice owners include capped monthly payments and a 99% uptime guarantee, Hallmarq stated.

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