Davies Veterinary Specialists has installed two new, state-of-the-art Esaote ultrasound machines, provided by the Cambridgeshire based company Imotek International Ltd.

Davies Veterinary Specialists (DVS) has installed two new, state-of-the-art Esaote ultrasound machines, provided by the Cambridgeshire based company Imotek International Ltd.
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This makes the Hertfordshire-based small animal referral centre one of only two veterinary centres in the UK to own sophisticated equipment of this type.

The MyLab Twice Vet and the MyLab Class C Vet provide fast, efficient and highly accurate imaging in a wide range of applications, including high-definition abdominal, cardiac, musculoskeletal and ophthalmic scans.

The MyLab Twice Vet, with its range of probes including the broadband 18MHz linear probe, will be used for general ultrasonographic imaging at DVS. It is capable of the most refined contrast media examinations that, for example, can help to locate and identify a liver tumour that may be rendered invisible when using conventional diagnostic procedures.

The compact and adaptable MyLab Class C will be used predominantly for advanced cardiac work at DVS, including trans-oesophageal echocardiography for interventional procedures in theatre.

Pedro Oliveira, European veterinary specialist in cardiology at DVS explained: “The trans-oesophageal probe is currently a very rare piece of equipment in veterinary diagnostics. It gives us the capacity to obtain unique views of the heart, especially the heart base which can be a very difficult area to examine with regular echocardiography. It also allows real-time and direct monitoring of procedures, such as deployment of devices to occlude patent ductus arteriosus, surgery and anaesthesia in critical patients.”

Trans-oesophageal pictureThe first patient to benefit from the new My Lab Class C was an 11-year-old, female German shepherd dog with suspected cardiac neoplasia following several episodes of haemorrhage into the pericardium.

A normal echocardiographic examination identified a small suspect area but it was in a part of the heart that was very difficult to approach surgically. However, a trans-oesophageal examination revealed that another small mass close to the tip of the right auricle was actually the origin of the bleeding.

The dog underwent surgery to remove the mass and subsequently made a full recovery. Without the My Lab Class C there would have been no viable options for this dog.

DVS managing director Clive Elwood said: “Combining the best possible on-site diagnostic equipment with some of Europe’s finest clinicians enables us to provide the best possible service and outcome for our patients, across multiple disciplines.”

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