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Valley Equine Install A New Standing CT Modular Room For Improved Diagnostics

1 year ago

25th May, 2023 12h36

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging

Valley Equine Hospital in Lambourn is proud to announce the recent installation of a state-of-the-art Hallmarq standing CT scanner at their busy equine hospital. With a substantial case load of thoroughbred horses, Valley Equine Hospital is now poised to revolutionise the early identification of distal limb pathology through the utilisation of this advanced diagnostic tool.

Traditionally, the hospital relied on conventional radiographs and referred for MRI when needed, for the bulk of their distal limb imaging. The introduction of the Hallmarq standing CT scanner, however, offers numerous advantages over these methods. CT scanning provides a wealth of information that surpasses the capabilities of radiography, while also reducing radiation exposure to the patients and staff. Furthermore, the scanning process is considerably quicker, enabling prompt diagnosis and treatment planning.

Tom McParland, Valley Equine Hospital’s surgeon, expressed his enthusiasm for the new device, stating "The installation of the Hallmarq standing CT scanner is a fantastic addition to our hospital. We are confident that this diagnostic modality will significantly enhance our ability to identify not just thoroughbred fetlock pathology earlier but improve our diagnostic abilities of the distal limb for all our equine patients, racing and leisure alike.” 

Valley Equine Hospital chose the Hallmarq standing CT scanner due to its ability to scan using just standing sedation which ensures a safer and more efficient experience for the horses compared to general anaesthesia. By working closely with Hallmarq's training team, the hospital's veterinary professionals are actively optimising sedation techniques and patient positioning to achieve the best possible results.

Tom continues, “The installation was very straightforward, we opted for the Modular Room which meant the device arrived in its own purpose-built room. All we needed to do was lay a concrete pad and once it arrived it was ready to go. The horses are all very happy walking in and out of the low ramp and we have full ongoing support from the team at Hallmarq to ensure we are maximising its use.”

Valley Equine Hospital has already begun incorporating the Hallmarq standing CT scanner into their diagnostic workflow, with five lameness cases booked in within the first three days of system install. The team aims to make the new CT scanner their default diagnostic modality in the future, reflecting their commitment to providing the highest standard of care to their equine patients.

For more information about Valley Equine Hospital and their advanced diagnostic capabilities, visit To find out more about the Hallmarq standing CT scanner visit

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