CVS is investing more than £3m in a two-year programme to provide advanced imaging resourcing across practices in the group.

The company, the largest and fastest-growing mixed practice corporate veterinary group in the UK, is acquiring two high-field (1.5 Tesla) MRI scanners and seven CT scanners.

The first of the MRI scanners will be installed this spring at ChesterGates – its specialist-led, multi-disciplinary veterinary referral hospital situated just north of Chester.

The Siemens scanners offer optimal clinical image quality, together with a large field of view and efficient scan times, and CVS believes it will be the most advanced MRI system for pets in the north-west of England.

The seven 16-slice CT scanners will be installed at CVS hub practices, including ChesterGates, PetMedics in Manchester, Beechwood Veterinary Hospital in Doncaster and St David’s in Devon.

CVS referral director John Innes said: “We are committed to utilising the latest technology across the group and this investment in our scanning capability is a good example.

“The new MRI scanner at ChesterGates will enhance the high-quality specialist referral services we offer, particularly in neurology because MRI is used mainly to image the brain and spinal cord.

“The seven new CT scanners will enable our teams to scan a chest or abdomen rapidly and with outstanding image quality. Image data can be processed and viewed in other planes or 3D rendered to assist with decision making and surgical planning.

“The installation of the new CT scanners will be rolled out over the next two years, enabling us to offer cost-effective advanced imaging to many more of our clients across the country.”

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