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VRCC, A Leading Vet Referral Centre, Selects Konica Minolta

13 years ago

11th February, 2009 00h00

From successfully serving UK radiology departments of NHS hospitals and clinics, Konica Minolta’s ‘Regius’ Computed Radiography Systems are also being effectively used in the key veterinary sector for animal healthcare. VRCC, a leading vet referral centre, selects Konica Minolta One of its latest successes applies to a leading private small animal centre for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and other conditions affecting dogs and cats. The specialist centre highlighted is VRCC, the Essex based Veterinary Referral Centre. Serving a wide community where it has built up an enviable reputation, VRCC is supported by continual investment at over £4m, which includes among other high tec’ equipment, a 6 million volt Linear Accelerator for cancer radiotherapy treatment, and a new multi-slice CT Scanner, both ‘firsts’ among small animal veterinary practices. Using its own digital archive system, VRCC installed the compact Konica Minolta ‘Regius’ CR unit following extensive trials. Most impressive prove to be its high resolution for diagnostic accuracy, ease of use, reliability and compact design. Requiring virtually no maintenance, and with its ability to produce superb animal images in seconds, the system meets the exacting needs of the Centre’s workflow. VRCC’s under one-roof premises also include sophisticated cancer treatment planning, a chemotherapy suite employing specialist oncologic surgeons, a large X-ray suite with auto tilting table for myelograms, C-Arm Fluoroscopy unit producing moving X-rays, ICU (Intensive Care Unit), Video Endoscopy, an Ultrasound Suite, and two fully equipped Operating Theatres and Scrub Rooms facilities. Skilfully designed to facilitate procedures hardly possible elsewhere such as Perioperative Radiotherapy, so animal patients can be moved a short distance to the next procedure minimising stress, speeding treatment and recovery. Comment Commenting on the use of the Konica Minolta ‘Regius’ CR System, Malcolm Holland, Practice Director for VRCC said, “With a large range of Veterinary Digital X-ray options available, we found it necessary to spend considerable time evaluating systems both on and off site. Only after very careful evaluation did we select a Konica Minolta CR System, and we are delighted with our choice”. He added, “As a leading Referral Centre quality and reliability are our main criteria, and utilising our top-of-the-range equipment it produces superb images in less than a minute, which can be manipulated for interpretation by our Specialists. The speed of the process, often a life saver in an emergency, and the saving in processing films will save upwards of £40,000 per year, making the Konica Minolta CR System an excellent addition to our facilities”. Formed five years ago, VRCC is the brainchild of Director Dr Susan North, the most experienced and highly qualified Veterinary Consultant Oncologist in the UK. With a PhD in Cancer Immunology from the University of London, Royal Marsden Hospital, world renowned centre of excellence for human cancer treatment, she has also studied in both New York and Texas. She returned with a passionate desire to improve the level of treatment available for dogs and cats, the predominant animal pets where so many human/animal companionships are formed.

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