What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body. Common imaging diagnostic tools, such as radiography (x-rays), are effective for many musculoskeletal injuries; however, MRI examinations allow a more complete assessment of the problem area and extent of the pathology. This is especially true 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.

Magnets commonly used in human and veterinary medicine range from 0.2 – 1.5 Tesla strengths. Animal Imaging offers the 3.0 Tesla MRI. With a higher Tesla strength, image quality is improved and the scan can be performed faster.

Common reasons for an MRI

  • Musculoskeletal imaging, primarily shoulders, stifles, and the pelvis
  • Vascular studies
  • Neurologic imaging — evaluating the brain, spinal cord, and brachial plexus for abnormalities that may correlate with presenting symptoms

What to Expect

All MRI appointments are scheduled as daily outpatient appointments. We ask that the patient arrive around 7:30 am for check-in. Our staff will call the owner when the patient is ready to be discharged. Given the sensitivity to motion, all MRI patients at Animal Imaging are anesthetized and monitored during the procedure.

Following the MRI, 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. Clients should follow up with the referring veterinarian for explanation of results and information on treatment or management.


Click here to learn more about MRI from a recent Case Study.


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At Animal Imaging, our passion is providing the best care and information to you and your veterinarian.
We are proud to have a dedicated team of board-certified veterinary radiologists available for your pet.

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