The Hallmarq Installation Is the First of Its Kind in the State
Dogs and cats in the Aloha State now have improved access to advanced care, thanks to a newly installed MRI in an Oahu 24-hour emergency and specialty care hospital.
Veterinary Emergency and Referral Center (VERC) in Hawaii has introduced an MRI by Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging, designed specifically for small animals. Featuring a V-shaped patient bed and spine coil, the machine’s design improves patient positioning to help boost image quality and enable detection of more subtle changes to soft tissue structures.
The installation, which is the first MRI of its kind in Hawaii, increases access to advanced imaging within the state and supports the hospital’s neurology service.
“MRI is the gold standard for imaging soft tissues such as the brain and spinal cord,” says VERC’s associate medical director, Erika Sox, DVM, DACVIM. “Previously in Hawaii, most patients with neurological conditions would get a CT scan, which yields significantly inferior images of these areas of the body and often misses the presence of subtle lesions, making it difficult to accurately diagnose patients with brain and spinal cord abnormalities. The addition of the MRI significantly improves our ability to diagnose and treat small animal pets with these conditions.”
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