Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a very strong magnetic field to produce extremely high resolution images of soft tissue. MRI’s provide the best soft tissue contrast of all the imaging modalities. This allows for unparalleled and unlimited possibilities for diagnostics for each patient. Contrast can also be used for the enhancement of tumors, allowing for greater imaging of cancer.
- Our MRI service is offered as an out-patient procedure or in emergency situations as needed.
- A normal MRI scan will take 60 to 90 minutes and requires the animal to be anesthetized for the duration of the test.
- We use Isoflurane gas to maintain anesthesia which allows for rapid recovery once the procedure is finished. This minimizes the anesthesia risk for your pet.
- Image interpretation is provided by a board-certified radiologist and results are attained within 24 hours of completion of the scan. STAT scans will be evaluated within 4 hours.
- All results will be provided to the owner and/or referring veterinarian within 24-48 hours.
Indications for MRI
- Diseases of the brain
- Complex joint or muscle problems
- Complex nasal issues or discharge
- Paralysis of front or rear limbs
- Chronic ear problems
- Cancer imaging
- Back pain
- Neck pain
If you think your animal would benefit from this service you can either contact us directly or consult with your veterinarian to discus possible options.
1. How safe are MRI’s?
MRI scanners have been safely used in animals and people for years. MRI uses strong magnetic fields to form the images. Magnetic fields can interrupt the function of pacemakers but is otherwise harmless. MRI studies should be avoided in patient’s with pacemakers.
2. Should I feed my pet prior to a procedure?
It is best to prevent your pet from eating any solid food for 8-12 hours prior to an appointment. If sedation or anesthesia is required for any reason, the risk is reduced if the stomach is empty of solid foods. Water typically empties from the stomach within 15-30 minutes so your pet can have water at home prior to your visit.