Texas A&M Vet Hospital Adding Imaging and Cancer Center

The Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences will be adding a veterinary imaging and cancer treatment center.

"The College of Veterinary Medicine is dedicated to maintain state-of-the-art instrumentation that improves the clinical services we provide our patients, their owners, and our referring veterinarians," said H. Richard Adams, DVM, PhD, dean of veterinary medicine.

The addition of MRI capabilities will help veterinarians to image and diagnose many conditions and diseases, especially those of the brain and spinal cord.

"The MRI unit will enhance our ability to diagnose problems with soft tissues," said Adams. "While it will be heavily utilized by our Neurology/Neurosurgery service, it will also be a key diagnostic tool for our equine specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of lamenesses."

The cancer center will house a linear accelerator, a tool that utilizes X ray and electron beams to treat cancerous tumors in both large and small animals.

"Our radiologists and oncology faculty using that equipment will keep us on the leading edge of cancer treatment," said W. Terry Stiles, hospital director. "This is going to be a valuable resource not only to our clients, but to our students and our research faculty."

At a projected cost of $4.5 million, the imaging and cancer building will have approximately 8,000 square feet, including space for support personnel. The building is designed for both small animals and horses. It will be located adjacent to the Large Animal Hospital and within 100 yards of the Small Animal Hospital.

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