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Toshiba and Hallmarq partner to bring top quality CT scanning to UK Vets

Press Release   •   Dec 02, 2015 11:33 GMT

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging and Toshiba Medical Systems UK Ltd. have announced a partnership agreement to collaborate in the provision of CT scanning to UK vets. An increasing number of veterinary practices are considering installing CT scanners but want support that reflects an insight into veterinary patients and protocols, as well as high quality diagnostic imaging – a service that together, Hallmarq and Toshiba are well placed to deliver.

Toshiba Medical Systems have already installed several CT scanners in leading UK veterinary referral centres. With the rapid growth envisaged in veterinary CT, Toshiba recognised the need to expand its capabilities to support the specialist veterinary imaging world and to ensure that the quality of CT imaging when performed in many veterinary centres is of a consistently high standard.

Toshiba Medical Systems manufacture high performance CT systems and selected Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging as its partner after a rigorous review process. Managing Director Mark Hitchman says he is delighted that with Hallmarq, Toshiba Medical Systems has made a good match, “Hallmarq has an excellent reputation for training, service and support in the veterinary sector, which fits perfectly with our philosophy at Toshiba where being responsive and meeting specialist customer needs is our focus.”

He continued, “We were also impressed by the level of innovation at every level of the Hallmarq business. That is particularly the case with the ‘pay as you go’ model that is especially geared to financial considerations in veterinary practices and really makes CT much more accessible.”

This unique ‘pay as you go’ concept was one of the ground breaking innovations that led to Hallmarq receiving the Queen’s Award for International Trade earlier this year. It reduces the barriers to acquiring CT by allowing the cost to be financed month on month when the equipment is operational and generating revenue for the practice.

Jos Belgrave, CEO of Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging says “As more small animal practices move into advanced imaging it will be essential that they have high quality equipment but more importantly that they are well trained and supported. Hallmarq has a strong reputation for delivering in all those areas and we look forward to bringing this to the world of CT”.

Commenting on the Toshiba partnership Jos said, “Everyone at Hallmarq – senior managers, veterinarians, highly qualified engineers and graduate technicians in our support team – could not be more delighted about this partnership. The Toshiba CT equipment is, in our view, one of the finest ranges available to veterinary surgeons. That provides a fantastic fit with our ethos.”

Hallmarq has had a stellar year, with two Queen’s Awards and an Institute of Physics Award for Innovation. This new agreement confirms the company as one of the leading suppliers of advanced veterinary imaging to the profession.

Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging is the pioneer of species-specific MRI diagnostics, being the sole global manufacturer of MRI systems specifically designed for companion animals and horses. The Hallmarq team has decades of experience in the design and manufacture of global clinical, research and industrial MRI systems for a range of applications. The company initially revolutionized the diagnosis of equine lameness with the development of the only standing MRI for horses before applying its expertise to small animal diagnostics. Established in 2001, Hallmarq's mission is to improve the safety, accuracy and cost-effectiveness of MRIs, making them affordable and profitable to veterinary clinics