£5m Paragon Veterinary Referrals opens its doors and chooses Visbion for its image archiving needs

Feb 2018. State-of-the-art animal centre Paragon Veterinary Referrals has opened the doors of its new £5 million Yorkshire site.

Opened on Monday, February 5, the centre, which is based in Wakefield’s Paragon Business Park, is owned by the Linnaeus Group, and is part of the successful and highly regarded Calder Vets, which is based in Dewsbury and has 12 practices across Yorkshire.

At 18,000 sq ft and across three floors, Paragon is purpose built and will be a centre of excellence for veterinary medicine, with specialists in a wide range of fields, including anaesthesia, cardiology, diagnostic imaging, ophthalmology and orthopaedic surgery.

The facilities on site reflect the aims of the team with no less than five ultra-hygienic operating theatres, 24-hour intensive care and an extensive suite of imaging modalities, including a 16-slice CT scanner, 1.5T MRI and dedicated radiography, ultrasound and endoscopy rooms.

The Paragon nursing team on launch day

The Paragon nursing team on launch day

In order to manage the data from the new imaging modalities, Paragon recognised the requirement for a comprehensive archiving system and so approached Visbion as the leading supplier of PACS (picture archive and communication system) to the veterinary market. Visbion put forward the Image Archive Enterprise system as a candidate to fulfil Paragons requirements. Visbion Image Archive is a flexible, high end PACS that includes secure storage, full audit trails, a reporting facility and a built-in DICOM viewer making it a perfect accompaniment to a modern imaging department. With a large storage capacity and being fully scalable, the Enterprise system was ideal for Paragon’s current and future needs.

Paragon required a solution that could be incorporated on their existing IT infrastructure; therefore, Visbion supplied a software only solution that has been installed on a ‘virtual server’ environment. Visbion have worked closely with the Linnaeus IT team to ensure a smooth integration.

As well as installing the main Enterprise system, Visbion also utilised their innovative Image Cube technology to provide a link between the Calder Vets Dewsbury branch, where the previous hospital was located, and the new Paragon centre.

This imaging link allows the images taken at Dewsbury to be stored in the new archive and for the two sites to easily share data, it also allows all imaging from both sites to be reported and viewed externally as required. The Visbion system will be fully integrated with the practice management system at Paragon, giving an added level of efficiency to the workflow.

Paragon Clinical Director Adam Bell commented of the project: “The opening of Paragon is the culmination of an 18-month project to bring the very best quality referral veterinary centre here to Wakefield.

“We’re delighted to open our doors and the team here at Paragon Veterinary Referrals are totally committed to and looking forward to, providing excellent care for patients using the latest veterinary techniques.”

Visbion CEO Mark van Rossum commented: “We’re thrilled to have been involved with this project, working from the initial PACS proposal to seeing the installation in place at the newly opened centre. Visbion work at the front of the imaging field and are proud to see our Image Archive Enterprise system in place at this prestigious new site”.