Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a very exciting and clinically rewarding diagnostic aid used at Animal Imaging since 2004.

Magnets commonly used in human and veterinary medicine range from 0.2 – 3.0 Tesla strengths. The higher the tesla strength, the faster the scan can be performed. Image quality is also greatly increased with stronger tesla magnets. Given the sensitivity to motion, all MRI patients at Animal Imaging are anesthetized with Sevoflurane during the procedure.

Indications for small animal MRI:

  • Small animal neurologic imaging. For example, evaluating the brain, spinal cord and brachial plexus for abnormalities that may correlate with presenting symptoms.

  • Musculoskeletal imaging, primarily shoulders, stifles, and the pelvis

  • Vascular studies

  • Specialty studies available per Radiologist approval

All MRI appointments are scheduled as daily outpatient appointments, being able to leave later that afternoon. Our staff will call the owner when the patient is ready to be discharged. Our Board-Certified Veterinary Radiologists will review the images and generate a report within 24-48 hours of the exam.

The radiologists that will be reviewing your study include Dr. Rita Echandi, Dr. Dana Neelis, and Dr. Beth Biscoe. Veterinary Radiologists have completed an approved Residency Program in Diagnostic Imaging that includes at least three years of advanced training and intensive study in Radiology (x-ray), Ultrasonography, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), and Nuclear Medicine. The MRI report will not be available when your pet is discharged, however, we will e-mail the report to you and your referring veterinarian soon after it is completed. Your veterinarian will then be able to discuss the results with you and finalize a treatment plan.

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