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Introduction

Access Advanced Imaging

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

With zero-helium required, our award-winning Small Animal 1.5T MRI delivers the specialist technology your practice demands.

With dedicated support through our Q-Care program, customers using our small animal MRI have scanned thousands of animals since the first installation.

Hallmarq’s Zero-Helium (ZHM) 1.5T Small Animal MRI

Imaging-as-a-Service provides the people, processes and technology to help you deliver an outstanding small animal MRI Neurology service.

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

Features

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.

Veterinary software and protocols

Included. You don’t have to rely on outsourcing to develop protocols or use sequences designed for humans.

Veterinary-specific coils

With an over-sized v-shaped spine coil (91 cm) and elongated head coils with removable tops, signal is increased by 20% while allowing better patient access.

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 dual coil system provides a significant boost in signal intensity across larger body regions allowing fast scan times and pristine images of exceptional 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.

Hallmarq proudly sponsor of the Journal Club – a webinar-based series in collaboration with Neurology for Vets

Hosted by Drs Laurent Garosi and Simon Platt

Partner with one of the most experienced animal imaging companies in the world, ready to support your MRI journey.

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 25% more energy efficient compared to used MRIs
Bore diameter60 cm patient bore diameter
Rooms & Power

Details

Clinical Uses

Spinal cord disease

Including spinal cord neoplasia, intervertebral disc disease, wobbler’s disease and lumbosacral disease, atlanto-axial subluxation, ischemic myelopathy, nerve root compression and discospondylitis.

Brain disease

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

Skull and surrounding soft tissues

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.

Thoracic and abdominal disease

Complimentry to ultrasound and computed tomography, soft tissue diseases affecting the lungs, liver, kidneys, spleen and major vessels can be accurately assessed with MRI.

Epilepsy screening

Confirmation of idiopathic epilepsy requires an imaging investigation to rule out structural causes, toxicities and metabolic diseases. If an MRI of the brain is considered normal, when accompanied by a normal CSF analysis, the cause of seizures is compatible with an idiopathic disease.

Detailed imaging

Clinical Case Gallery

Specifically designed to image small animals, our Zero-Helium (ZHM) Small Animal 1.5T MRI machine 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-optimized 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 optimized 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…  

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“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
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“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
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“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
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“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

FAQs

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.

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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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