Hallmarq Introduces Next Generation Motion Correction Technology

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Company rolls out software worldwide

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Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging introduces next generation motion correction technology that will help generate even clearer images with their standing equine MRI machines. Over the past few months, the company has started implementing its new software in all of its standing equine MRIs throughout the world.

The next generation software, which took nearly 18 months to develop, is designed to better manage changes in the shape of the joint during scanning. Changes to the joint shape can occur as the horse shifts its weight distribution while standing. In addition, the software also improves the resolution of the final corrected images and allows for motion-corrected, high-resolution scanning.

“Overall, it is a robust change to the motion correction methods and image resolution of the higher joints we scan,” says Steve Roberts, operations and technical director. “It is particularly noticeable when scanning the fetlock joint. Higher resolution permits the visualization of finer structures.”

Rolling out the new software in May to its partners, Hallmarq will ensure that every site with one of their standing equine MRI machines receives the new software at no cost to the clinic.

“It is important to us that all of the sites around the world are using the same technology,” says Dan Brown, BVSc, MRCVS, business development director at Hallmarq. “In addition, we want to ensure they we’re all trained on the system and understand the benefits of the new technology. For us, this isn’t just a business, it’s a partnership and we want to be certain all of our partners are comfortable with the system.”

Investing a significant amount of time and money into the system, Hallmarq says the changes will allow veterinarians to see the finer areas of the joint without putting the horse at risk. Because Hallmarq offers a standing MRI, the horse is simply walked into the machine. This eliminates the need for general anesthesia, which can lead to death in almost one in 100 healthy horses1, making the system much safer than traditional MRIs.

“This new technology makes the use of one of our systems even more seamless,” says Brown. “Not only does it improve the tolerance of the system for patient movement so the staff has less to worry about, it also allows for even better images for diagnosis.”

Hallmarq manufactures their standing equine MRI machine in Guildford, United Kingdom. The company has offered the product in the United States since 2004 and plans to launch PetVet MRI for companion animals later this year.

To find out more about Hallmarq and its products, visit http://www.hallmarq.net.

About Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging
As the sole global manufacturer of MRI systems for the standing, sedated equine, and with more than 35,000 anesthesia-free exams on record, Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging is the pioneer of safer MRI diagnostics. The Hallmarq team has decades of experience in the design and manufacturing of clinical, research and industrial MRI systems for a range of applications globally. From its beginnings in 2003, Hallmarq’s mission has been to improve the safety, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of equine MRIs, while making them affordable and profitable to key equine veterinary clinics worldwide.

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