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Introduction

For everyday lameness

Designed from the ground up, our patented Standing Equine Leg CT scanner for horses (slCT) puts safety and reliability at the forefront to offer safe, effective and affordable advanced imaging for your practice.

Step up to another level in everyday lameness diagnosis.

  • Safe: a low, flat, platform allows quick and easy entry and exit for the standing sedated horse – general anesthesia is not required
  • Effective: capture 3D image sets in 1-minute scan times to get more than a conventional radiograph
  • Affordable: monthly payment plans, and comprehensive system support, means you can be profitable in as few as 10-15 cases per month.
  • Backed: by Hallmarq Q-Care, our unique customer care program.

Safe, effective, affordable CT for your practice

The benefits of slCT

Safer for horse and handler

A low, flat, platform, with easy entry and exit for the standing sedated patient, means no general anesthesia is required. In addition, low dose radiation allows the handler to remain in the room throughout.

Affordable

Minimal setup and running costs mean you can offer advanced imaging to your clients at an affordable price. Compact design allows for installation in your existing space – there’s no need for a purpose-built room.

Effective

Superb spatial resolution to locate small changes, with no super imposition or complex overlap of anatomy. Plus the ability to orientate images to view key structures in fine detail to aid clinical diagnosis.

Quick acquisition time

Capture 3D image sets in 60 second scan times, combined with our trusted motion correction software, to get more than a conventional radiograph.

Standing Equine Leg CT Scanner for Horses

Clinical Image Gallery

Specifically designed to image the distal limb of the standing, sedated horse, our innovative Standing Equine Leg CT scanner for horses (slCT) captures superb images for a more accurate diagnosis. 

See the whole picture when you combine slCT with Hallmarq’s unique Standing Equine MRI, our complementary system.

Our novel dual concentric ring design allows the patient to remain close to the detector for optimal image quality

Providing clinicians with better guidance for treatment

Clinical uses of slCT

A clear picture of everyday lameness

3D musculoskeletal imaging is within reach for your clinic, and invaluable to any practice with a significant sports medicine caseload

3D images for surgical planning

Advanced pre-operative imaging to determine the precise nature and location of pathology

Scan multiple regions

Standing Equine Leg CT can be performed on any region of the distal limb

Improved detail with cone beam technology

Ideal for distal limb imaging, detecting non-displaced fractures, subtle changes in bone density and small osteophytic lesions

Bony tissue differentiation

Better differentiation of sub-chondral vs cortical bone pathology

The complete picture

Obtain complementary clinical information when combined with Hallmarq’s unique Standing Equine MRI system (sMRI)

Affordable

  • Unique business model to reduce your investment risk
  • Low installations costs – no special floor or power required
  • Low running costs with comprehensive support included
  • High case throughput with fast acquisition times
  • Run a profitable CT service with your everyday lameness caseload

Safe, Effective, Affordable CT

The process

A vet preparing a horse for an MRI scanning

Preparation and sedation

  • A general physical and lameness examination should be performed prior to the slCT procedure
  • If the foot is the area of interest, remove the shoe of the affected limb before imaging
  • Sedation protocols and procedures to suit your clinic
  • Needle or catheter administration
  • Appropriate sedation typically achieved with alpha-2 agonists +/- opioid

Position and scanning

  • The horse is sedated and walked onto the CT platform
  • The lame leg is positioned for scanning
  • A 60 second, high-resolution scan is performed with the operator remaining in the room
  • The horse is repositioned to scan either a new region or the contralateral leg if required

Post scan recovery

  • Standing Equine Leg CT makes outpatient visits possible
  • The horse returns to its stable to recover from sedation
  • Generally, the horse can safely return home the same day

Diagnosis and treatment

  • Interpretation – Radiologists are available for consultation and official report distribution (usually within 24 hours)
  • Consultation – Vet and/or radiologist discuss the finding(s) with the client
  • Treatment – With a conclusive diagnosis, targeted therapies are recommended and an accurate prognosis given
  • Rehabilitation – Recommendations are provided to the client

Effective

Definitive diagnosis and targeted treatment with ultimate support

  • Standing Equine Leg CT scanner for horses improves your everyday lameness diagnosis
  • Offer a definitive diagnosis for a better treatment plan
  • The entire process is an outpatient procedure and does not require general anesthesia
  • Backed by Q-Care, our world-class life-cycle support program, designed to optimize your CT service
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“The combination of MRI and CT was a useful tool to have and helped with surgical planning and decision making.”

Elizabetta Giorio DVM CertAVP MRCVS Donnington Grove Equine Vets

“slCT really complemented what the MRI had told us about the content and signal intensity and, in this case, helped with surgical planning, providing useful information on the bone margin.”

Alison Fairburn, Specialist in Diagnostic Imaging Bell Equine Veterinary Hospital
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“We are really excited to put into practice the development so far to help facilitate the move into second phase clinical trials and offer our customers a world first.”

Jonathon Dixon BVetMed MVetMed DipECVDI MRCVS Rainbow Equine Hospital
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“It was really quite exciting to work with the Hallmarq team to develop this system.”

Elisabetta Giorio DVM CertAVP MRCVS Donnington Grove Equine Vets
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“we are interested to see if the slCT can improve our ability to diagnose cartilage defects in coffin joints and fetlocks.”

Luis Rubio-Martinez DVM DVSc PhD DACVS DECVS DACVSMR MRCVS Sussex Equine Hospital

Details

Technical Specifications

In planning for the installation of your Hallmarq Standing Equine Leg CT system, the high-level technical specifications below should be taken into consideration.

Hardware & Software
System Specification
GeneratorCone Beam
75kV/0.7mA
Form FactorOpen
Equipment moves in concentric circles
Speed360 degrees in one minute
FOV220mm diameter cylinder
160mm high
Slice Thickness0.25mm
Scan Velocity1 rpm
Current CoverageDistal limb
Motion CorrectionYes
GANot required
System Components
Complete CT SystemSource/detector/platform/footrest
Computer/keyboard/mouse/software/cabling
Two operator shields
User Manual
CT Mainframe375.90 kg
2000mm L x 2000mm W x 250mm H
Side Extension Platform72.99 kg
1500mm L x 600mm W
Front Extension Platform1000mm L x 2000mm W
Ramp68.00 kg
1000mm L x 1900mm W
Ramp Side Extension20.00 kg
750mm L x 600mm W
Console Unit610mm L x 1000mm W x 900mm H
Radiation Screen60mm L x 1210mm W x 1990mm H
Electronics
230V – 13 Amp
Internet connection required with 500KB minimum band width
Software
Modern clinical user interface
Simple and easy to use
Choice of multiple scan types
PACS integration
Built in back-up data
Motion correction algorithm for improved images
User-selectable reconstruction options
Room & Power
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