HRH The Princess Royal visited Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging last week to recognize their 2021 Queen’s Award for Innovation, highlighting the value of veterinary innovation to the wider community. Hallmarq is a world leader in providing advanced imaging systems for the veterinary market. This prestigious award recognizes the unique and innovative nature of Hallmarq’s 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner, which was designed from the ground up for small animal veterinary practices. Princess Anne toured the factory and offices, meeting staff from all departments and Hallmarq’s guest Dr. Kate Richards, President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
Hallmarq CEO Mick Crosthwaite said, “It was an honor for our team to welcome HRH The Princess Royal and show her around our Head Office in Guildford. Hallmarq has been at the forefront of developing innovative diagnostic systems for veterinary practices over the last 20 years. Innovation is at the heart of everything we do, and this award is well deserved recognition for the team’s passion and hard work in pursuit of our goal of improving the lives of animals and the people that care for them”.
Hallmarq’s small animal MRI is the only 1.5T high-field scanner designed specifically for veterinary use, helping to address the challenges of imaging small animals of all breeds and sizes. The unique design incorporates an innovative V-shaped bed and 1-meter-long V-shaped spine coil to ensure correct patient positioning and spinal alignment. This also boosts image quality compared with flat spine coils used in human machines and enables detection of more subtle changes to soft tissue structures. Another high-tech advancement includes the integration of a radio-frequency shield, which reduces project cost and complexity. Other key design elements include veterinary-specific imaging software, flexible, open-top head coils for different patient sizes, and a comprehensive lifecycle customer support package called ‘Q-Care.’
Expanding on the impact of this innovation, Chief Technology Officer, Dr Steve Roberts explains, “Our system requires no external radio-frequency shielding, reducing one of the key barriers to veterinary practices. This makes advanced imaging more accessible to an increasing number of first opinion veterinary, emergency practices and referral centers, especially when combined with our innovative approach to customer support. These innovations have significant benefits for animal health and welfare, as improved diagnostic capability leads to more targeted treatments and better patient outcomes.”
During her tour, HRH The Princess Royal was able to see a working system via live video link and meet Hallmarq customer, Dr Cody Alcott, DACVIM, who is a neurologist and owner of Tucson Veterinary Specialists in Arizona. Dr. Alcott has seen many benefits of the system to both his practice and patients and demonstrated the machine’s ease of use.
HRH The Princess Royal was introduced to Hallmarq’s Founding Director Dr. Nick Bolas, who revealed the new standing equine leg CT system from Hallmarq, celebrating a shared interest in horses and showcasing some of the advances in imaging technology since her previous visit to Hallmarq six years ago.
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About Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging
Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging is an award-winning global leader in innovative diagnostic imaging solutions. As industry specialists, they focus on providing safe, accurate and affordable advanced imaging for practicing veterinarians worldwide. With a shared passion for improving animal health, they have partnered with customers since 2000 to support imaging of over 270,000 animals in 25 countries worldwide. Their exclusive dedication to the industry, and exceptional customer support, have resulted in increased access to advanced clinical systems for small animal and equine practices worldwide. Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging Ltd. has offices in the U.K. and North America. Find out more at www.hallmarq.net and follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.