Cave Invest £1.2m in New Class-leading MRI Scanner

We’ve future-proofed our imaging capabilities for the next decade with a £1.2m investment in a class-leading MRI scanner.  The state-of-the-art Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution will allow us to better diagnose and treat pets.

2)Radiographer Tracy Down gives the new Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution MRI scanner a test run
Radiographer Tracy Down gives the new Phillips Ingenia 1.5T Evolution MRI scanner a test run

The scanner offers cutting-edge MR imaging technology to allow 50 per cent faster scans at a far higher resolution than our previous MRI, meaning shorter general anaesthetics for patients, and will also allow a more detailed and accurate diagnosis of complex neurological conditions.

It also boasts a wide bore magnet, simple coil arrangement and large number of channels to provide improved resolution and flexibility, meaning clinicians can scan different organ systems in patients of all shapes and sizes.

This setup also allows us to expand into emerging fields such as cardiac MRI and advanced musculoskeletal imaging.

Tom Cardy, head of neurology, said the investment future-proofs Cave’s MRI scanning capability for the next 10 years and means it will continue to lead the referral field in the South West and beyond.

He said: “It’s not often in your career you get to work with a truly class-leading piece of equipment such as this.

“We are very grateful to Linnaeus for their ongoing investment in Cave and for providing us with an MRI scanner that will massively improve the care we can provide to pets.

“Faster and more detailed MRI scans will reduce the general anaesthetic times for our patients and allow us to diagnose conditions that simply would not have been detectable on lower resolution machines.

“The new scanner will greatly improve the patient and client experience we provide. This investment significantly increases the capability of our neurology service and the whole team are excited to get to grips with this amazing piece of kit.”