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NEW Veterinary-Specific Zero-Helium Small Animal 1.5T MRI from Hallmarq


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 no helium required, 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.

Our customers receive online and live support via state-of-the-art technology designed to monitor your system continually. Customers with our small animal MRI machines have scanned thousands of animals since the first installation.

Deliver the highest level of neurological care for your patients with unprecedented access to Hallmarq’s people, processes and products.

Our award-winning Small Animal 1.5T MRI is backed by Q-Care, our company-wide commitment to your success and includes our 99% uptime guarantee.  

Hallmarq’s 1.5T Small Animal MRI in action

Imaging-as-a-Service provides the people, processes and technology that help solve the issues preventing you from delivering a Small Animal MRI Neurology service.

This subscription-based model includes our Small Animal 1.5T MRI and Q-Care Remote Services.


Features & Benefits

NO helium, NO quench pipe, NO oxygen monitor required

Reduce the upfront and ongoing costs of offering an MRI service in your practice.

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.


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.

We are proud sponsors of the Journal Club – a webinar-based series in collaboration with Neurology for Vets and hosted by Drs Laurent Garosi and Simon Platt.

Join us for the next one!

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.


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
Field strength1.5T
Energy efficiencyUp to 40% more energy efficient compared to used MRIs
Bore diameter60 cm patient bore diameter
Rooms & Power


Clinical Uses

Spinal cord disease

Including spinal cord neoplasia, intervertebral disc disease, wobbler’s disease, ischemic myelopathy, 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-media-interna, including assessment of associated cranial nerves, cochlea and semi-circular canals along with the adjacent brainstem. Nasal and orbital disease can also be clearly assessed.

Cranial and Vertebral anomalies and genetic malformation screening

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

Stifle disease

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

Shoulder disease

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

Detailed imaging

Clinical Case Gallery

Specifically designed to image small animals, our Zero-Helium (ZHM), Small Animal 1.5T MRI scanner captures superb images for a more accurate diagnosis. 

  • 16-channel, self-shielded design: an array of veterinary-optimised RF coils help 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…  


“Hallmarq’s ability to use different coils and positioning to capture images is probably unparalleled.”

Dr. Billy Pullen, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Veterinary Care & Speciality Group, Chattanooga, TN
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“I expect to see our caseload grow tremendously as word gets out about our neurology service and MRI capabilities.”

Dr. Baye Williamson, DVM, DACVIM Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center (VERC), Oahu, Hawaii

“Hallmarq’s 1.5T high-field magnet with its own shielding is revolutionary. It provides us with a lot more flexibility to look at our patients in greater detail.”

Dr. Christiane Massicotte, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology) Veterinary Care & Speciality Group, Chattanooga, TN

“I worked with a 1.5T Siemens and GE machines prior to the Hallmarq unit. Comparing these machines of the same magnet size, Hallmarq’s machine creates images that are by far superior in quality and clarity which I have always attributed, to some degree, to the veterinary specific coils.”

Dr. Dana Gietzen, DVM Las Vegas Veterinary Speciality Center
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“The addition of the Hallmarq MRI significantly improves our ability to diagnose and treat pets with brain and spinal cord abnormalities.”

Dr. Erika Sox, DVM, DACVIM Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center (VERC), Oahu, Hawaii
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“I regularly review brain MRIs from other referral hospitals for second opinions. I’m very impressed with the quality of our Hallmarq MRI images relative to traditional used high-field MRIs. The clarity of our images strengthens our confidence in central nervous system disease diagnosis.”

Dr. Cody Alcott, DACVIM Tucson Veterinary Specialists, Tucson, AZ

“Hallmarq’s 1.5T MRI is designed specifically for small animal anatomy and delivers accurate and detailed images with great image resolution and contrast. The essential safety features and operator friendly software which make it an asset to any veterinary neurologist.”

Dr. Franziska Fitz, DVM, GPCertSAS, DACVIM (Neurology/ Neurosurgery) Las Vegas Veterinary Speciality Center

“At VCSG, we are very pleased with the image quality our Hallmarq MRI equipment provides. It has allowed us to give more specific diagnoses and state of the art treatment recommendations for our patients. The technical support from Hallmarq is also excellent.”

Dr. Massicotte, DVM, MS, PHD, DACVIM (Neurology) Veterinary Care & Speciality Group, Chattanooga, TN

“Hallmarq’s 1.5T MRI produces some of the best image quality I have encountered in veterinary neurology. This superior quality allows me to diagnose and treat my patients with confidence and provides me information to reach the best possible outcomes for the pets and their families.”

Dr. Kelli Mossine, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology) IndyVet, Indianapolis, IN


Isn’t high-field MRI expensive?

The total cost of ownership is less than you may expect. With Hallmarq’s Zero-Helium (ZHM) Small Animal 1.5T 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 there is NO helium required. We’ve designed the system, from the ground up, to save on energy and our comprehensive Q-Care support programme 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


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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