The first of its kind in the world, the Mini Explorer II, is a revolutionary imaging device, a new PET/CT scanner designed for use in the veterinary field. This new scanner will give veterinarians both physiologic and anatomic information on their patients.

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Compared to typical PET/CT scans which can take up to 30-45 minutes to give us the needed information in order to get the proper diagnosis, this new machine will be able to do that in 5-10 minutes. This is because of the width of the PET detector in comparison with the traditional scanner. With a wider one, like the new one, the veterinarian will be able to scan half a 30-pound dog in two acquisitions instead of multiple ones.

Goes without saying that the faster imaging will reduce the time that the patient has to be under general anesthesia but at the same time will provide a super quality image for further disease evaluation.

At the moment, the new scanner is available only at the UC Davis Veterinary Hospital.

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