SA gets first veterinary CT scanner for all animals

Thursday, 5 February 2015

South Australia’s first veterinary CT (computer tomography) scanner, suitable for animals of all sizes, is being officially launched at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus today.

The new scanner is part of the University’s Veterinary Health Centre and is available for clinical consultations for general public and referrals from other veterinary services. It also will be used for research and teaching in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

“This new state-of-the-art equipment means we can provide the South Australian general and veterinary communities with top quality diagnostic imaging so animals of all descriptions can receive the most appropriate and highest quality clinical care,” says Professor Wayne Hein, new Dean of the Roseworthy campus and Head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences.

“It also means we can provide our veterinary students with the most up-to-date education in diagnostic imaging, and provide a new research tool for our animal scientists.

“We hope it will bring additional referrals of complex cases. That way our students can be even more prepared for diverse veterinary careers.”

Additional software for the scanner enables 3D reconstruction of the anatomy for surgical planning and research. While an animal is being scanned, a 3D reconstruction can be viewed by clinicians, students or researchers in an adjacent room.

Situated in the Equine Health and Performance Centre, the scanner has a special equine CT table which allows it to cater for animals up to one tonne in weight.

“The closest available CT scanner that can be used with horses and other large animals is in Ballarat or Melbourne,” says Professor Hein.

“We can now provide a comprehensive diagnostic service for the equine and animal production industries, as well as cats and dogs.”

The scanner also has the capability of providing a very fine ‘slice’ of 0.5mm thickness which delivers excellent image quality of fine structures, particularly for small animals.

The CT scanner will be launched at a special ceremony with representatives from research, the veterinary community and Toshiba, the manufacturers of the scanner.


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