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CriticalVetCare Adds 3D Vimago CT Scanner

Jul 31, 2014 11:14PM

CriticalVetCare (CVC) is among the first 10 clinics worldwide to add a new generation of high definition computer-aided tomography equipment (CT scan) with the installation of a 3D Vimago. CVC is also the first local clinic with CT scanning capability in-house.
The Epica Medical Innovation’s Vimago CT Scan uses new imaging technology to provide enhanced 3D viewing and modeling of the entire body with high definition images of areas – ranging from the lungs and thorax, abdomen, nasal passage and sinuses, ears and some joints, says Dr. Anne Chauvet, a veterinary neurologist and founder of CriticalVetCare (CVC). 
The Vimago CT Scan also is safer for patients because it uses 80 to 90 percent less radiation than other high-end scanners, and full body scans take just minutes. Since animals must be sedated to be scanned, it also is safer because of reduced anesthetic risks, Chauvet says.
“This new CT technology is state-of-the-art and allows us to scan the entire body and reconstruct any of its systems, from skin or muscles to blood vessels,” she adds. “With its 3D capabilities we can manipulate the image to look at the body from any angle.”
The new scanner accommodates patients, ranging from pocket pets to Great Danes. CriticalVetCare also houses a full lab, ultrasound, endoscope and digital radiology. In addition, its list of “firsts” for the area in advanced veterinary medicine includes a hyperbaric chamber, in-house MRI and minimally invasive procedures like tracheal stenting, laparoscopy and arthroscopy.  CVC has the only in-house veterinary MRI within a 50-mile radius.
Location: 4937 S. Tamiami Trl, Sarasota. More information about CriticalVetCare’s emergency and specialty veterinary services is available by calling 941-929-1818 or online at and 
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