“MRI-ah Carey” welcomed to Eastcott

Referral radiographer Nick Taylor and neurology consultant Virginia Crespo in front of MRIah Carey, Eastcott’s newest 1.5T high-field MRI scanner.

As Mariah Carey makes her annual Christmas climb up the charts, our neurology and imaging teams have paid tribute to the legendary singer by naming our MRI scanner ‘MRI-ah Carey’ in her honour.

Inspired by a social media campaign to christen the equipment, the name was picked as the favourite from a long list of potential candidates including Scannie Lennox, Scandra Bullock and Princess Scan.

The 1.5T high-field MRI scanner is an addition to the hospital’s imaging facilities and was purchased as part of our £3 million expansion, which also saw the introduction of our own comprehensive neurology service.

Headed by leading clinicians Virginia Crespo and Alex Hamilton, our neurology service has grown exponentially since its launch, allowing an increasing number of patients with brain, spinal cord and neuromuscular system conditions in the area, to be treated at the hospital.

These expert clinicians have used ‘MRI-ah Carey’ and the clinic’s CT scanner, as well as electromyography, to assess the function of patients’ nerves and muscles, and their cerebrospinal fluid analysis.

The launch of the neurology unit completed the multi-million-pound extension of our facilities, which include an industry-leading dental suite, a purpose-built Emergency and Critical Care unit, seven operating theatres, a hi-tech medicine investigation room and new fluoroscopy equipment.

Duncan Barnes, clinical director at Eastcott Veterinary Referrals, said: “The social media campaign was a fun exercise to engage with our followers and name an excellent new piece of equipment that has no doubt helped further boost the imaging facilities provided at here Eastcott.

“Our refurbished hospital and the addition of more high-quality equipment exemplifies our commitment to provide the best treatment to animals using the latest technology and equipment.

“MRIah Carey is yet another milestone that is helping us deliver world-class animal healthcare.”