Friday 12th August 2022

Standing Equine Leg CT (sICT) will debut at 2021 AAEP Convention


The breakthrough product provides safe, convenient and affordable advanced imaging for the standing, sedated horse.

Hallmarq Advanced Veterinary Imaging will showcase its latest product—Standing Equine Leg CT (sICT)—at the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Annual Convention from December 4-8, 2021, in Booth 401.

According to a company release, the sICT system utilizes a unique dual-concentric ring design that allows the detector plate to remain close to the area of interest, thus optimizing image quality. Hallmarq is also among the few companies to also include motion correction technology to ensure high-quality, clear images in the standing patient.

In addition, Advanced cone beam (CB) technology collects high resolution, 3D images in just 60 seconds, by moving in concentric circles around the leg, according to the release. Sub-millimeter resolution makes CB technology ideal for fine bony detail essential in distal limb imaging and ideal for analyzing pathology in bony structures.

Though sICT is new to the United States, it has been through development and in clinical use in the United Kingdom since early 2021 and is already advantaging involved practices.

“The standing leg cone-beam CT system from Hallmarq provides a safe and convenient diagnostic modality to help produce a definitive diagnosis, and guide the best treatment plan for equine patients. It also provides us with a valuable complementary tool in surgical planning when used in conjunction with our standing MRI,” said Jonathan Dixon, BVetMed, MVetMed, DECVDI, MRCVS, European specialist in Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging, and radiologist from Rainbow Equine Hospital in the UK.

“The system was very straightforward to install and has a simple-to-use interface,” he added. “Quick acquisition time and fine bone detail make surgical planning much easier.”

While using the sICT, the horse handler remains in the room throughout the process, positioned behind lead shielding to ensure patient safety. The open, low, flat platform allows easy entry and exit for the sedated patient. Since the patient is sedated and not anesthetized, any risk involving anesthesia is elimated when using this patented CT scanner, thus promoting peace of mind for the horse owner.

What’s more, the compact system offers equine practices with access to rapid 3D imaging for enhanced evaluation of daily lameness cases. It provides safe, convenient and affordable advanced imaging for the standing, sedated horse—aligning with its mission to improve the lives of animals and the people who care for them. Further, it comes with comprehensive system support backed by Q-Care—Hallmarq’s unique customer care program created to assist veterinarians with advanced imaging.

“Our sICT system creates an incredible business opportunity for equine veterinarians, who can now offer advanced imaging to more horse owners,” said Mick Crosthwaite, CEO of Hallmarq. “Profitability can be achieved in as few as 10 cases per month.”

Indivduals attending AAEP can hear Dixon’s positive experiences using the Standing Equine Leg CT, plus also talk with key members of Hallmarq’s executive team responsible for its creation and launch:

  • Mick Crosthwaite – CEO
  • Jos Belgrave, BVSc, MRCVS – Former Hallmarq CEO and current non-exec board member/director
  • Nick Bolas, D. Phil, MBA – Founding Director and the inventor of Hallmarq’s slCT
  • Annie Makin – Chief Customer Officer
  • Lynn Bender – Chief Marketing Officer
  • Holly Johnson, BVSc – UK Account Manager

Additionally, Hallmarq is sponsoring 1 of AAEP’s educational sessions—the Imaging Session—which will run from 8:00–10:45 am on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, featuring talks from field experts.

Learn more here:


Hallmarq launches Standing Equine Leg CT (sICT) at 2021 AAEP Convention. News release. Hallmarq Advanced Veterinary Imaging. November 29, 2021. Accessed November 30, 2021.


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