Staff at north-west based Oakhill Veterinary Centre have welcomed the first patient to benefit from its state-of-the-art standing equine MRI system.
This addition to Oakhill’s Goosnargh, Preston practice is the leading tool in diagnosing lameness and identifying the specific cause in more than 90% of cases.
It will help European College of Veterinary Surgeons diploma holders Rosie Owen and Guy Hinnigan target treatment and obtain more satisfactory outcomes.
Supplied by award-winning UK manufacturer Hallmarq, the MRI system shows both bone and soft tissue, whereas x-rays show bone only and ultrasound shows soft tissue only.
The benefits of standing MRI are huge as it can be performed under standing sedation, reducing the time, expense and significant risks associated with general anaesthetic.
This latest imaging tool complements Oakhill’s existing facilities – in particular, its 20m × 40m premium surface arena that allows ridden assessment.
Oakhill’s location in the heart of Lancashire means horse owners and vets across the north-west have access to the standing MRI system, which is already experiencing high demand.