The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has announced it has successfully installed one of the most advanced CT scanners of any veterinary facility in the world, and says it will “revolutionise” the treatment of animals at the Queen Mother Hospital for Animals (QMHA).
The new CT scanner was funded by the RVC’s registered charity, the Animal Care Trust (ACT), specifically through a special appeal in 2016 to celebrate the 30th birthday of the QMHA, which raised over £630,000.
The RVC hopes the modern diagnostic technology will increase the welfare of patients requiring treatment at the hospital. It says this will happen by improving the speed and quality of scans taking place, as well as reducing the need for an animal to be anesthetised before being scanned.
Twig Bradley, a four-year old Springer Spaniel, was one of the first patients to benefit from the improved scanner following a bilateral humeral fracture that required surgery. After the surgery, the clinical team were able to assess how the dog’s bones were recovering using the cutting-edge scanning technology.
Dan Chan, professor of emergency and critical care medicine and medical director of the QMHA at the RVC, said: “It is very uncommon that such an incredible leap in the care of animals can be achieved with a single innovation.
“Because of the vast improvement in speed and quality of the images produced by the ‘Otter Scanner’ our specialists are now able to obtain much more detailed images of various diseases affecting our patients so that the best possible treatment can be planned.
“At the RVC, one of our most important missions is to always improve the welfare and care of animals and this latest innovation is just another example of that commitment. We are forever grateful to all our supporters who have made this possible.”