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How it works

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

Your patients range in size, with anatomy that requires dedicated hardware and software to optimize 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. Customers with our small animal MRI machines have scanned thousands of animals since the first installation.

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Features & Benefits

Great images

Our unique dual coil system allows for faster scan times and pristine images of unparalleled diagnostic quality.


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

99% uptime guarantee

The only one of it’s kind in the industry; decrease costs, avoid wasted time and increase customer satisfaction

Unique self-shielded hatch

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

Dual coil functionality

Veterinary specific coils and sequences, and the ability to use two coils simultaneously, enable imaging of difficult to reach areas like the brachial plexus.

Q-Care Support from a world-class team

From initial inquiry through system installation and beyond, you’ll receive unparalleled support from a team dedicated to your success.

Building on our unrivalled success in the equine market place, Hallmarq’s 1.5T high-field small animal 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 machine. 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 meylopathy, 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 1.5T, zero boil-off small animal MRI helps you capture superb images for a more accurate diagnosis. 

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

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, Coral Springs Animal Hospital, FL
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 service. The Technical Service team is excellent; training 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, Wellington, UK

“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

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

Dr. Billy Pullen, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM) Veterinary Care and Speciality Group, Chattanooga, TN


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. Labor 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 inquiry 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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