Bristol Zoo Gardens has installed the latest Konica Minolta CR systemfor animal radiography in its state-of-the-art veterinary centre.

Sharon Redrobe (Bristol Zoo) and Cliff Baron (Konica Minolta)The installation of Konica Minolta’s computed radiography system as part of Bristol Zoo’s animal healthcare facilities follows stringent testing. Further to clinical evaluations of the major CR systems currently available, the Regius 110 CR System, plus its newly launched Image Pilot CR application was chosen.

Accordng to the company, the Image Pilot is the first CR imaging system to offer a fully automated image processing platform. Regarded as a significant development with even faster and more accurate image processing, the user no longer wastes valuable time selecting the animal type, body part or size for the production of an optimised image. The result is an ideal image, first time, every time. And with virtually no user intervention.

Konica Minolta’s Regius 110 CR System provides ultra high resolution, ease of use, and mechanical reliability. Its compact size (0.27 sq/m footprint) gives installation flexibility, allowing it to be sited in the smallest of spaces.

Sharon Redrobe, head of veterinary services at Bristol Zoo said the on-site laboratory – currently enhanced with input from the Konica Minolta CR system – proves vital to the success of treating many of the zoo’s rare and endangered species in its care.

She said: “The trials we conducted on the Regius system and Image Pilot software workstation proved most impressive. As a result, we have now installed both of these key CR products. With the range of rare and endangered species, which are our responsibility, these latest diagnostic aids provide radiographs with remarkable speed and image clarity – far superior to other systems we have tried before.”

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