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Equine MRI Scans

  • Musculoskeletal Disease:
    • Better understanding of pathology within the hoof capsule.
    • Identifying pathology in soft tissue structures (i.e. ligaments, tendons) and bone.
    • Assessment of many different synovial structures (i.e. bursa, joint, or tendon sheath).
  • Neurologic Disease:
    • Critical evaluation of the brain.
  • Common imaging diagnostic tools, such as radiography, are effective for many musculoskeletal injuries; however, MRI examinations allow a more complete assessment of the problem area and extent of the pathology, especially in cases in which radiographs and/or ultrasound are inconclusive. MRI will also provide additional information for determining prognosis and for optimizing a treatment plan for each individual patient. Following the MRI, a treatment and rehabilitation protocol can then be designed through a team approach with the referring veterinarian(s) and the radiologists/imaging team at Animal Imaging.Animal Imaging has the unique ability to offer 2 options for equine MRI examinations: 

Animal Imaging is currently the only private practice in Texas with a 3.0 Tesla MRI. MRI’s commonly used in human and veterinary medicine range from 0.2 – 3.0 Tesla (T) strengths. The higher the Tesla strength, the faster the scan can be performed and the better the image quality; however, due to the type and configuration of these high field systems, all patients must be placed under general anesthesia for the procedure.

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Animal Imaging also has a 0.27 Tesla Hallmarq MRI on site. This system has a lower field strength but has the advantage of allowing the horses to remain standing during the procedure and avoid general anesthesia.

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  • Following each of the MRI examinations, one of our Board-Certified Radiologists will review all the images and submit a final report within 24-48 hours of the exam. The report and clinical findings will then be sent to the referring veterinarian and client. Clients should follow-up with the referring veterinarian for explanation of results and information on treatment or management.

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