First phase of a £13 million development at the University of Bristol’s Langford Veterinary Services (LVS) includes an imaging suite specially adapted to enable the imaging of a horse’s head while conscious.

Animals in the south-west of England will benefit following the completion of new clinical facilities at the University of Bristol‘s Langford Veterinary Services (LVS).

Horse undergoing a CT examination of its head while sedated. Credit: Langford Veterinary Services (LVS).The first phase of the £13 million development includes a new small animal surgery building, comprising five theatres, an ICU, a dedicated anaesthesia induction and recovery area and an imaging suite.

The imaging suite comprises a 16-slice CT scanner for small animals and horses, conventional digital radiography with a DR system, a high-resolution fluoroscopy, diagnostic ultrasound, echocardiography, scintigraphy and a high resolution 1.5 tesla MRI scanner, available seven days a week.

LVS chief executive Lynne Hill said: “The new facility provides state of the art diagnostic imaging facilities at all times, to help the animals under our care.”

The new imaging suite, one of only a handful of such units in the UK, has been adapted to enable the imaging of a horse’s head while conscious using a frictionless air plinth. The adaptation allows detailed imaging of both bone and soft tissue structures within a horse’s head, without requiring a general anaesthetic.

In addition, dogs and cats are able to undergo complete body scans using the same unit while anaesthetised.

As well as enabling detection and diagnosis of lesions without invasive or painful tests at an earlier stage, the unit will facilitate operative planning and add to the body of knowledge of disease pathogenesis.


Image courtesy Langford Veterinary Services (LVS)
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