Hallmarq Advanced Veterinary Imaging will debut its latest product, Standing Equine Leg CT (sICT), to the U.S. veterinary market at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Annual Convention, December 4-8, in Booth 401. Their advanced imaging system provides equine practices with access to fast 3D imaging for enhanced evaluation of everyday lameness cases. In keeping with its mission to improve the lives of animals and the people who care for them, Hallmarq’s sICT offers safe, convenient and affordable advanced imaging for the standing, sedated horse.
While sICT is new to the U.S., it has been through development, and in clinical use in the UK, since early 2021 and is already benefitting the practices involved. “The standing leg cone-beam CT system from Hallmarq provides a safe and convenient diagnostic modality to help produce a definitive diagnosis, and guide the best treatment plan for equine patients. It also provides us with a valuable complementary tool in surgical planning when used in conjunction with our standing MRI,” said Jonathan Dixon, BVetMed, MVetMed, DECVDI, MRCVS.
Dixon, a European Specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, and radiologist from Rainbow Equine Hospital in the UK, is a current user of Hallmarq’s sICT system and has been using it for several months now. “The system was very straightforward to install and has a simple-to-use interface,” he said. “Quick acquisition time and fine bone detail make surgical planning much easier.”
The sICT system uses a unique dual-concentric ring design that enables the detector plate to remain very close to the region of interest, to optimize image quality. Hallmarq is one of the few companies to also incorporate motion correction technology to better ensure high quality, clear images in the standing patient.
Advanced cone beam (CB) technology, which moves in concentric circles around the leg, collects high resolution, 3D images in just 60 seconds. Sub-millimeter resolution makes CB technology ideal for fine bony detail required in distal limb imaging and is ideal for evaluating pathology in bony structures.
When using the sICT, patient safety is assured with the horse handler remaining in the room throughout the process, stationed behind lead shielding. In addition, the open, low, flat platform ensures easy entry and exit for the sedated patient. Because the patient is sedated and not anesthetized, any risk associated with general anesthesia is removed when using this patented CT scanner, delivering peace of mind for the horse owner.
“Our sICT system creates an incredible business opportunity for equine veterinarians, who can now offer advanced imaging to more horse owners,” said Mick Crosthwaite, Hallmarq’s CEO. “Profitability can be achieved in as few as 10 cases per month.”
Crosthwaite goes on to explain that the compact system can be installed in almost any existing practice space, and monthly payment plans make it very affordable. It also comes with comprehensive system support backed by Q-Care, Hallmarq’s unique customer care program designed to assist veterinarians on their advanced imaging journey.
In addition to speaking with Dixon about his positive experience with using the Standing Equine Leg CT, those attending AAEP can also talk with key members of Hallmarq’s Executive Team responsible for its creation and launch:
- Mick Crosthwaite – CEO
- Dr. Jos Belgrave – Former Hallmarq CEO and current non-exec board member/director
- Dr. Nick Bolas – Founding Director and the inventor of Hallmarq’s slCT
- Annie Makin – Chief Customer Officer
- Lynn Bender – Chief Marketing Officer
- Dr. Holly Johnson – UK Account Manager
Hallmarq is also proud to sponsor one of AAEP’s educational sessions. On Wednesday, December 8, the Imaging Session will run from 8:00–10:45 and includes talks from experts in the field.
Find out more here https://convention.aaep.org/sessions.
About Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging
Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging is an award-winning global leader in innovative diagnostic imaging solutions. As industry specialists, we focus on providing safe, accurate and affordable advanced imaging for practicing veterinarians worldwide. With a shared passion for improving animal health, we have partnered with our customers since 2000 to support over 285,000 animal scans in 25 countries. Our exclusive dedication to the industry, and the exceptional support we provide our customers through our unique Q-Care program, has 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.