Vetel Diagnostics, a leading provider of digital diagnostic imaging systems to veterinarians installed their EmpowerEQ Wireless DR system at the San Francisco Zoo. The SF Zoo converted from x-ray film to DR as it continually improves the technology and treatment of their 693 animals, ranging from endangered snow leopards to a 3,000 pound black rhinoceros.
Vetel’s Wireless DR system allows the zoo’s veterinarians and technicians flexibility and added care in treating their animals. Previously, with film x-rays it proved unfeasible to capture and sedate an animal, take film shots, run the film cassettes back to a processor, wait 15 minutes for verification of a clear image, and re-take if necessary. With Vetel’s Wireless DR System the SF Zoo staff has the capability to take images in the animals’ enclosures and exposing the images in less than 9 seconds. This also gives them the ability to take images of animals that were previously too large or logistically unfeasible to move.
Vetel Diagnostic's Engineer Michael Brurst mentioned at installation “The most impressive thing to me is the quality of the image. The images really speak for themselves. The wireless panel is a mature system that has well developed image algorithms and good track record for reliability.” The wireless panel uses 64,000 shades of gray, stores up to 10,500 images and features a multi-planar bone density analysis -analyzing up to four areas at a time. “As far as what other vets should know: just try it. It's not as scary or hard to use as you'd think and the benefits are numerous. Seeing how things are done with a DR system, I couldn't imagine ever going back to film.”
Vetel Diagnostics’ product line includes digital radiography systems for equine and companion animals, as well as thermal imaging and ultrasound products. All digital radiography systems from Vetel Diagnostics combine the highest quality components with the industry's most user-friendly and accurate software.
In the clinic or in the field, Vetel Diagnostics (veteldiagnostics.com) offers the largest variety of state-of-the-art products, 24-hour support, and expertise to help veterinarians. Their headquarters are located at 4850 Davenport Creek Road in San Luis Obispo, CA and they can be reached at (800) 458-8890.