Canon Medical Systems recently installed a Canon Astelion Advance 16-slice CT scanner at the local veterinary clinic within the Pets At Home store in Pitsea, Basildon, Essex. The new equipment was opened by the Deputy Mayor of Basildon, Danny Lawrence. The store is part of Vets4Pets/Companion Care, the largest veterinary group in the UK. This is the first CT scanner to be purchased by the Vets4Pets/Companion Care group.

Joint Venture Partner and Veterinary Surgeon, Olushola Idowu, says “We selected the Canon equipment for its ease-of-use and image quality. The scanner is already very busy imaging small mammals, particularly cats, and, in fact, we are finding that people, now that they know we have this facility, prefer to bring their pets to our practice.”      

Canon Medical Systems put together a unique Vet CT package, offering state-of-the-art CT scanner technology based on the company’s Astelion Advance 16-slice system. This is supported with a bespoke Vet CT service maintenance and clinical applications package. The new scanner comes with Canon’s Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction 3D (AIDR-3D) software which minimises patient dose and in turn reduces system power requirements for routine CT scans.

The Astelion Advance is the only entry level mutli-slice CT system in the industry offering iterative reconstruction, as implemented on Canon’s elite systems. Delivering routine low-dose scans, it offers performance and value for every day imaging needs. It comes with software to enable multi-planar reformats to be reconstructed in any plane, allowing full visualisation of patient scans, including 3D reconstructions of vascular and orthopaedic regions of interest.

Another advantage is its small footprint, which is ideal in small veterinary practices. In addition, to protect the environment and improve the quality of life, the Astelion Advance Edition reduces carbon footprint and lowers medical radiation exposure.

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Shown here (left to right) Toby Hartshorn, Veterinary Surgeon; Jenny Gordon, CT Nurse; ‘Murphy’, Jenny’s dog; Olushola Idowu, Joint Partner & Veterinary Surgeon; Justine Feltham, Veterinary Nurse, and Colin Pellow, Account Executive, Canon Medical Systems

Canon Medical Systems has a carbon-zero project in place. We have calculated the carbon footprint for each of our products to include manufacturing, shipping, delivery and average hospital energy used for the standard lifetime of the equipment as follows: CT equates to 12 stoves and 48,365 litres of water