Whether you’re treating humans or animals in your facility, your medical practices require medical imaging equipment. However, the imaging equipment that is required for veterinary practices can differ from medical practices. Being able to understand the difference is essential when deciding to purchase a C-Arm or X-Ray equipment. A few things to consider when purchasing veterinary medical imaging equipment:
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In some cases, practitioners in the veterinary industry might assume they can simply get away with using mini c-arms for their patients. This is because they assume their patients would be on the smaller side – such as cats, dogs, and rodents. But while the mini c-arm’s penetration power for the animal can be strong enough, the options for positioning might not be adequate. This especially applies to larger dogs and animals. The chest cavity of larger dog breeds simply won’t accommodate a mini c-arm. If the mini c-arm can’t perform its task on dogs, it certainly won’t be able to work on animals such as cows, horses, and other large animals. Additionally, the x-ray power of a mini c-arm won’t be able to penetrate the bodies of larger animals. In this case, a full-sized c-arm would be more adequate for the practice.
Some x-ray machines are safe to use on small animals like hamsters or Chihuahuas. However, bring in animals that are 200 pounds or over, such as sheep, mastiff, or emus, and things could get very difficult in a short period of time. In these cases, not only would the veterinarian require the right x-ray system, but he/she would also require proper positioning tools for their practice. However, for veterinarians who focus mostly on cats and dogs, a table with adjustable height can be enough. If a veterinarian is treating animals such as bovine or zoo species, he/she would want to have ceiling mounted equipment for suspending the limbs of the animals. Portable x-ray is also a good option to consider since they possess a ramp that lets practitioners elevate their patients.
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Setting aside a budget and determining everything that would be required for the new medical imaging equipment can help significantly. If you are a veterinarian, it would be wise to speak to an Amber expert to determine the right options for you.
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