Bristol Zoo Chooses Konica Minolta CR
13 years agoBRISTOL ZOO GARDENS has installed the latest KONICA MINOLTA CR System for animal radiography in its state-of-the-art veterinary centre. Shown here at the veterinary centre, Bristol Zoo Gardens, following a discussion of the monitor image of a Parakeet after clinical evaluation, are Sharon Redrobe (Head of Veterinary Services) and Cliff Baron (Konica Minolta). Now installed as part of the zoo’s animal healthcare facilities are a Konica Minolta ‘Regius’ 110 CR System and ‘Image Pilot’ Software workstation. 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. 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. Animal Welfare A Priority 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. Bristol Zoo Gardens veterinary area includes a treatment room section and laboratory, an animal quarantine wing, and an imaging suite complete with the latest equipment including, of course, radiography, ultrasonography and endoscopy. The vets can carry out an extensive range of procedures including clinical diagnoses, fertility checks and pregnancy monitoring. 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. This was confirmed by SHARON REDROBE, Head of Veterinary Services at Bristol Zoo, RCVS Specialist in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, when she commented: “The trials we conducted on the Konica Minolta’s ‘Regius’ 110 CR System and ‘Image Pilot’ software workstation proved most impressive. As a result, we have now installed both of these key CR products”. She added, “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”. Background Bristol Zoo Gardens’ vet services were established on site in 1999 (by Sharon Redrobe) with it achieving coveted status ’RCVS Centre of Excellence in Zoo Medicine’ in 2005. Its veterinary services take over 1,000 radiographs annually, with about 200 of its animals being anaesthetized for vital examinations and medical procedures. Rare species are also visited and treated in their normal housing areas in the zoo’s complex. More than 50 zoo patients receive ‘house’ visits from the veterinarians each year. Bristol Zoo Gardens has an enviable reputation for excellence, innovation and dedication to conservation, and has long been established as a top tourist attraction for the city of Bristol and indeed the South West.
18th August, 2009 00h00
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