Sound-Eklin, the leading provider of digital radiography, ultrasound, PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications Systems) and practice management software for veterinary care, highlighted its digital radiography product line at the American Veterinary Medical Association conference held in Seattle, July 11-14, 2009. The newly formed Sound-Eklin is positioned to improve veterinary patient care worldwide, by providing customer driven solutions to meet the radiographic imaging needs of all practice types.
“Sound-Eklin is dedicated to bringing choice to veterinary practices worldwide,” said Steve Eyl, President and CEO. “We have combined the entire digital radiography product lines of both Sound Technologies, such as the tru | DR™ dx & lx, with Eklin Medical Systems, such as the Mark III. This portfolio backed by the extensive support network offered by Sound-Eklin addresses the imaging needs of the smallest practice to the largest university teaching hospital.”
The tru | DR dx & lx platforms offer greater speed, customized workflow, flexibility and a new level of image quality. The customer-inspired intuitive, graphical interface allows unprecedented speed and ease-of-use. The tru | DR dx for small animal practices also has an optional 17”x17” detector, an industry first.
Also highlighted was the industry standard Mark III platform, and the new RapidStart CDx platform, bringing Sound-Eklin expertise and engineering to a practical yet powerful CCD digital radiography solution specifically for small animal practices. Retrofitting the CDx component design to most tables is simple and features extremely accurate alignment tolerances using Sound-Eklin’s tru | Retrofit™ packaging, resulting in superb image quality with excellent ROI.
“Our vision for veterinary practices is to provide the best imaging and image management solutions for all practices large and small,” commented Bill Hornof, DVM, DACVR, CMO Sound-Eklin. “The tru | DR dx & lx, and RapidStart CDx platforms are the first in a host of breakthrough solutions, from Sound-Eklin, that will change the way veterinary medicine is practiced. The senior management team is committed to listening to our customers and developing innovative solutions, backed by outstanding support, to help veterinarians worldwide provide the highest level of patient care at the best value in the industry.”
Veterinarians worldwide now have access to the most comprehensive imaging and practice management solutions available with unparalleled ease-of-use, customized workflow and new levels of image quality that result in a more confident diagnosis for you and better care for your patients. RapidStart CDx CCD’s practical approach, combined with tru | Retrofit packaging, provides excellent imaging and an outstanding ROI for smaller small animal practices. Sound-Eklin’s outstanding service offerings and proven upgradeability will help veterinarians meet their needs today and future challenges, while protecting their investment.
Based in Carlsbad, Calif., Sound-Eklin produces the most widely accepted and used digital radiography and PACS systems in the veterinary industry. Sound-Eklin holds leadership positions in ultrasound, digital radiography, and education and its mission is to simplify and advance veterinary medicine through diagnostic imaging. Sound-Eklin is a division of VCA ANTECH, INC. (NASD:WOOF), and is dedicated to the field of veterinary imaging and education. VCA ANTECH also owns, operates and manages the largest network of freestanding veterinary hospitals and veterinary-exclusive clinical laboratories in the U.S. and employs approximately 12,000 professionals throughout North America. To contact Sound-Eklin, call 1-800-268-5354 or visit www.soundeklin.com.
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