VOSM and The Spine Center at VOSM offer advanced imaging to our canine and feline patients. Magnetic resonance imaging (or MRI) uses strong magnetic impulses to create images. Just like in human medicine, our patients are required to be motionless during an MRI scan, which means that your pet will need to undergo general anesthesia during an MRI scan.
Veterinary Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Group and The Spine Center utilize an on-site 1.5-Tesla MRI. This model is identical to what is used in human medicine. Our MRI team uses special foam and plastic molds to help place your pet properly for scanning. We also use anesthesia and monitoring equipment that is compatible with MRI use.
MRI can be useful for many applications, including:
- Imaging of central nervous system disorders, including spinal malformations and trauma
- Orthopedic imaging with high-resolution detail
- Musculoskeletal imaging for joint disorders
- Imaging in oncology, including for soft-tissue tumors
Because MRI uses a powerful magnet, our team will make sure that your pet does not have any ferrous foreign bodies by using digital radiography prior to an MRI scan, or reviewing recent radiographs from your primary care veterinarian.
Results of an MRI scan may take up to 72 business hours to be returned to you and your primary care veterinarian. Emergency neurologic situations require immediate care and MRI images may be interpreted in real-time by our neurologist on a case-by-case basis.