Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn has installed a Hallmarq standing CT scanner, which it says will revolutionise the early identification of distal limb pathology.

Thus far, the hospital has relied on conventional radiographs or referred for MRI for the bulk of its distal limb imaging.

The new Hallmarq standing CT scanner provides information that surpasses the capabilities of radiography, while also reducing radiation exposure to the patients and staff.

The scanning process is also considerably quicker, enabling prompt diagnosis and treatment planning.

Tom McParland, Valley Equine Hospital’s surgeon said: "We are confident that this diagnostic modality will significantly enhance our ability to identify not just thoroughbred fetlock pathology earlier but improve our diagnostic abilities of the distal limb for all our equine patients, racing and leisure alike.”

Valley Equine Hospital says it chose the Hallmarq standing CT scanner due to its ability to scan using just standing sedation which ensures a safer and more efficient experience for the horses compared to general anaesthesia.

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