AnimalScan has been performing MRI’s on dogs, cats, and the occasional zoo animal for over 15 years. No one comes close to providing the service, safety and diagnostic capability for your pets like we do.  Care of your pet is supervised by a Board Certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist and MRI results are interpreted by our Board Certified Veterinary Radiologists.  To insure the best care and imaging possible, our staff includes experienced licensed MRI technologists and veterinary technicians.

We use state-of-the-art Siemens 1.5 tesla MRIs, similar to what you would experience in human medicine.  We used specialized MRI compatible anesthesia monitoring equipment and modern anesthesia techniques to insure the safest possible experience for your pet during the scan.

What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a painless way to look inside the body without x-rays. It uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce remarkably detailed images of internal tissues and organs. Because MRI can show problems that cannot be seen with other diagnostic imaging techniques, it has rapidly become the most powerful diagnostic imaging modality in human medicine. Up to now, high costs have limited its use in veterinary medicine.

Are there any risks with MRI studies?

MRI is a very safe procedure. The magnetic field and the radio waves have no known harmful effects.  To get the best images possible, your pet must remain completely still during the scan and so we require general anesthesia for all pets undergoing MRI.   Anesthesia is supervised by our Board Certified Veterinary Anesthesiologist and performed with the assistance of our veterinary technician and DVMs.

MRI, and metallic objects.

Pets occasionally have internal metallic objects (bone plates, pins and wires used to repair fractures) or BB shots at various locations. These are rarely dangerous for the patient but they can cause large image artifacts (where we cannot see the anatomy) that may make MRI studies undiagnostic.  Please tell us if your pet has any metal in their body that you are aware of. Microchips will not be damaged and are only an issue in very small patients in proximity to the area of interest, where they create image distortion.

When will I get the results of the MRI?

Hundreds of images and a large amount of information are obtained during one MRI exam. Once the MRI exam is completed, a Board Certified Veterinary Radiologist will review the images and provide a detailed report for your veterinarian.  We email the MRI report to your DVM by the next business day (sooner for emergency scans).  Please contact your referring veterinarian directly for final results of the MRI scan.  We also send your veterinarian a link to MRI images for their review.  If you would like to see the images, then provide us with an email and we will be happy to send you a link to images from your pets MRI scan.

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