The delivery of a state of the art CT scanner proved to be something of a logistical nightmare for Six Mile Bottom veterinary practice Dick White Referrals. Because it was being installed into an existing imaging unit, the manufacturers said it was the first time they had ever delivered a scanner with a crane.
Now it has been safely installed, Sam Jakovljevic, head of diagnostic imaging, said: “Our patients will benefit greatly from the availability of this scanner. It provides excellent image quality with low dose rates, allowing us to provide accurate diagnoses with minimal delay.”
The scanner sends precise three-dimensional pictures to computer monitors which are positioned throughout the clinic so that the vets can view the images even if they are working in other locations. The first patient to benefit from the CT scanner was Felix, a cat from Norfolk, who had a tumour in his chest which was subsequently removed successfully by surgeon Pieter Nelissen.