Cave Veterinary Specialists in Somerset has installed a new £1.2M Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution MRI scanner for shorter anaesthetics for its patients, and more detailed and accurate diagnosis of complex neurological conditions.

The new scanner takes scans 50% faster and at a far higher resolution than the outgoing model. 

It also boasts a wide bore magnet, simple coil arrangement and large number of channels, which means clinicians can scan different organ systems in patients of all shapes and sizes. 

Cave says the new equipment allows it to expand into emerging fields such as cardiac MRI and advanced musculoskeletal imaging. 

Tom Cardy, head of neurology, said: “It’s not often in your career you get to work with a truly class-leading piece of equipment such as this.

“The new scanner will greatly improve the patient and client experience we provide. This investment significantly increases the capability of our neurology service and the whole team are excited to get to grips with this amazing piece of kit.” 

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Photo: L-R Radiographer Tracy Down and imaging nurse Staci Finn

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