While common diagnostic tools such as x-rays are effective for some problems, MRI’s can reveal the full extent of an equine’s injury and yield a far more definitive diagnosis. As a result, the best treatment can be immediately and cost-effectively administered through a team approach with Animal Imaging and the referring veterinarian.
The amazing bone and soft-tissue detail that our MRI provides makes it especially helpful for diagnosing equine lameness – far eclipsing what either x-ray and ultrasound are capable of revealing.
Magnetic resonance imaging is a very exciting and clinically rewarding diagnostic aid used at Animal Imaging since 2004.
Animal Imaging is the only private practice in Texas with a Siemens Verio 3.0 Tesla MRI system. Magnets commonly used in human and veterinary medicine range from 0.2 – 3.0T strengths. The higher the tesla strength, the faster the scan can be performed. The image quality is also greatly increased with stronger tesla magnets. Given the sensitivity to motion and the length and time it takes to acquire the study, all MRI patients at Animal Imaging are anesthetized with Sevoflurane during the procedure.
Indications for MRI:
• Definitive diagnosis of proximal suspensory disease in the forelimb or the hind-limb
• Better understanding of pathology within the hoof capsule
• Imaging support for sepsis in a bursa, joint, or tendon sheath
• Critical evaluation of the bone and soft tissue supports of multiple joints such as the carpus, fetlock, hock, and stifle
• Critical evaluation of the head including the brain and sinuses
• Evaluation of patients that have been refractory to treatment of lameness that have been previously localized
• Evaluation of patients with a localized lameness but no significant findings with conventional imaging (ultrasound, radiographs)