South Australia gets first veterinary CT scanner suitable for all animals

South Australia’s first veterinary CT scanner suitable for animals of all sizes has been installed at the University of Adelaide’s Roseworthy campus.

The Toshiba scanner has a special equine table which allows it to cater for animals up to one tonne.

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.

Professor Wayne Hein, new dean of the campus and head of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, said the new computed tomography scanner will mean the school can provide the South Australian general and veterinary communities with top quality diagnostic imaging for all animals.

“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 three-dimensional 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.

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

“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.

It is situated in the Equine Health and Performance Centre.

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