We are dedicated to providing the most cutting edge care to our cherished patients. This includes investing the time, money and education into the latest diagnostic technologies; particularly MRI. Also known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRIs help us to capture accurate images of soft tissue to assess and diagnose a broad range of conditions. Having this advanced service option enables us to identify and address health concerns as early as possible for a more favorable outcome.

What is MRI?

As its name indicates, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field to manipulate the state of protons in soft tissue. The process then returns extremely high resolution images of the area being studied.

Of all the imaging techniques available, including ultrasound and CT scans, MRIs produce the best contrast. Because the results are better, doctors analyzing the images can diagnose problems much earlier. This is especially beneficial in cases that would normally present a grim prognosis, such as cancer. Timelier diagnosis means quicker and much more effective treatment plans, which can vastly improve the outlook for the patient and his or her owner.

MRI is also advantageous for ailments that are not life threatening, but rather considered to be long-term and debilitating, such as bone and tendon problems. With traditional diagnostic methods, these conditions could go years before being discovered. By then, they are often too far progressed to adequately provide relief to the animal. With MRI, issues such as these can be identified much sooner, often before the pet even begins to experience symptoms.


What is MRI used for?

While MRI was once considered by many to be too costly for practical use in veterinary medicine, it’s now becoming more common. At Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, we believe that our patients deserve the very best and we strive to be the one that provides that exceptional level of care. By offering MRI services, we can get a much timelier and more accurate diagnosis on conditions such as:

  • Diseases of the Brain (Brain Tumors)
  • Intervertebral Disk Herniation
  • Vertebral Column Disorders
  • Joint or Muscle problems
  • Cancer
  • Back/Neck Pain
  • Lameness
  • Paralysis
  • Seizures

Are MRIs safe?

Yes! MRI scanners have been used without issue for many years on both people and animals. The process is completely painless to the patient, yet the results can vastly improve his or her length and quality of life.

Want to learn more? Give us a call today at Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care, (317) 534-6000.


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