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Province’s first permanent MRI scanner for animals

Senior Veterinary Surgeon John Heatherington and Veterinary Nurse Rachel Johnston prepare a dog for a scan at Cedar Grove Veterinary Clinic

Senior Veterinary Surgeon John Heatherington and Veterinary Nurse Rachel Johnston prepare a dog for a scan at Cedar Grove Veterinary Clinic

A Belfast veterinary clinic has said a new piece of hi-tech equipment will revolutionise diagnosing complicated conditions in pets.

One of the owners of Cedar Grove and Ormeau Veterinary Clinic, John Heatherington, said they now own Northern Ireland’s first permanent MRI scanner for animals.

He said the facility will benefit vets throughout the Province.

“The imaging from an MRI scanner provides accurate information to target fractures, spinal, neurological and orthopaedic surgery, and adds significantly to the services that this practice offers,” he said.

Practice manager at Cedar Grove, Jennifer Crawford-Allen, said: “There has been a mobile MRI scanner available for a morning or an afternoon every week to a referral centre, but this is the first fixed permanent MRI scanner for use at any time of the day or night.

“This is a fantastic service as any pet in need of a scan can have it done immediately rather than having to wait a few weeks.

“It is of a high value to pet owners as it is available 24 hours a day.”

Mr Heatherington said all vets in the practice “have areas of special interest in which they continue to develop and gain further qualifications”.

He said these include dermatology, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, ophthalmology and surgery.

The practice is open 365 days a year and 24-hour emergency care service is maintained.

 

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