Dog being put into Small animal MRI scanner.

Introduction

How it works

You diagnose and treat animals, not humans, so why not use a system built specifically with the veterinary practice in mind?

Your patients range from small to large with anatomy that requires dedicated hardware and software to optimise image quality. With 16 channels to help you see more and scan faster, a V-shaped patient bed, veterinary specific MRI coils and a unique hatch, this self-shielded system delivers the specialist technology your practice demands.

Every one of our customers receives online and live support, via state-of-the-art technology designed to continually monitor your system. Our MRI systems have scanned over 120,000 animals in 23 countries around the world over the past two decades.

Features

Features & Benefits

Great images

Veterinary specific coils and sequences, along with the ability to use two coils simultaneously, allow for excellent images of those difficult to reach areas like the brachial plexus.

Affordable

Capped monthly payments help standardise and stabilise your overall cost of ownership and reduce the operational risks of implementing an MRI service.

99% uptime guarantee

Decrease costs, avoid wasted time and increase customer satisfaction with our 99% uptime guarantee as standard.

Unique self-shielded hatch

Our built in RF shield allows free access to your MRI room with video monitoring to increase patient safety.

Dual coil functionality

Our unique dual coil system provides a significant boost in signal intensity across larger body regions allowing fast scan times and pristine images of unparalleled diagnostic quality.

Q-Care Support from a world-class team

From initial enquiry through system installation and beyond, you’ll receive unparalleled support from a team dedicated to the veterinary profession.

Building on our unrivalled success in the equine market place, Hallmarq’s 1.5T high-field MRI system has the patient at the forefront of every design decision.

Details

Technical Specifications

This outlines some of the high-level technical specifications and considerations in planning for the installation of the Hallmarq Small Animal MRI system. Please consult the Site Planning Guide for additional details.

Hardware & Software
Key features
Field System State-of-the-art veterinary specific 1.5T high field system
Spine coilV-shaped spine coil for 20-percent better signal to noise ratio
Image protocolsVeterinary image protocols designed by MRI experts
Hardware
Field strength1.5T
Channels16
Energy efficiencyUp to 40% more energy efficient compared to used MRIs
Bore diameter60 cm patient bore diameter
Rooms & Power

Details

Clinical Uses

Spinal cord disease

Including spinal cord compression, intervertebral disc disease, Wobbler’s disease, nerve root compression and discospondylitis.

Brain disease

Including, but not limited to neoplasia, cerebrovascular events and inflammatory brain disease.

Skull and splanchnocranium

The only modality able to completely assess otitis externa, including assessment of cranial nerves, cochlea and semi-circular canals and the adjacent brainstem.

Vertebral anomalies and genetic malformation screening

Assessment of congenital anomalies including Chiari-like malformation and syringomyelia screening in breeds pre-disposed.

Stifle disease

Superior soft tissue imaging for assessment of cranial cruciate ligament discontinuity, meniscal injuries and muscular disease.

Shoulder disease

Superior soft tissue imaging for assessment of biceps and supraspinatus tendon pathology, brachial plexus disease and muscular disease.

Detailed imaging

Clinical Case Gallery

Specifically designed to image small animals, our 1.5T, zero boil-off, MRI scanner captures superb images for a more accurate diagnosis. 

  • 16-channel, self-shielded design: an array of veterinary optimised RF coils helps to properly position the patient.
  • Enhanced RF coil coverage: for superior image quality when compared to equivalent human optimised RF coils.
  • Extended v-shaped phased array spine coil: used in combination with our 8-channel flexible coil, increases scan coverage for larger breeds, enhancing image quality for difficult to scan regions, such as the brachial plexus.  
  • Veterinary optimised MRI software: superb high-resolution detail including pre-saturation, fat suppression, blood flow compensation, single-shot fast spin echo, intensity correction and diffusion imaging with automatic ADC maps. 

For real clinical examples from some of our installed scanners, click to browse…  

Coral Springs Animal Hospital

“Hallmarq, our MRI provider, is a company that has been and is a trusted vendor in every respect. They are knowledgeable, professional, and honest. Working with them has been an absolute pleasure, and I recommend them without reservation.”

Dr. Lloyd Meisels DVM Hospital Director at Coral Springs Animal Hospital, Florida
Cave Veterinary Specialists Ltd

“Our Hallmarq 1.5T high-field Small Animal MRI scanner produces quality diagnostic images in a timely fashion and is a fantastic asset to our neurology/neurosurgery service. The Technical Service Team is excellent. The training that was given to our Specialist Neurology Team was first class, within two weeks our Team were fully certified.”

Tom Cave, BVSc, MSc, CertSAM, DSAM, MRCVS Owner, Cave Veterinary Specialists Ltd

FAQs

Isn’t high-field MRI expensive?

The total cost of ownership is less than you may expect. With Hallmarq’s 1.5T Small Animal MRI, you can either buy the system outright or rent using our unique Flat Rate model. With our built-in RF shield, there is no need for a purpose-built shielded room; upfront capital expenditure is kept to a minimum and routine helium refills are not necessary. We’ve designed the system, from the ground up, to save on energy and our comprehensive Q-Care support program even includes software updates. Labour costs may also be minimised as the system is designed to be operated by a veterinary technician or nurse rather than a dedicated MRI Technologist.

Veterinary surgeon with a canine patient

Q-Care

We are your trusted partner for advanced veterinary imaging.

Providing high quality images is just the beginning. We’re here to help optimise your imaging service – from initial enquiry through installation and beyond. We guarantee support along your imaging journey, with an unrivalled program designed to add value to your practice.

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