MRI for Horses
Learn why Cave Creek Equine has invested countless hours and a considerable amount of money on state-of-the art equipment and radiology training.
MRI for Horses
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging modality that utilizes magnetic forces within the patient’s cells to create a two-dimensional image. The way the images are created allows both bone and soft tissue structures to be seen with excellent detail. Additionally, information about the underlying disease process can often be obtained from the MRI image.
Since 2004, Cave Creek Equine Surgical & Imaging Center has been providing the most advanced level of MRI imaging for horses and small animals. A state-of-the-art, open rotating magnet, Vet-MR Grande XL by Universal Medical Systems, Inc., was installed in a customized room at our facility. Horses and small animals are anesthetized by our experienced staff members during the imaging process to ensure that there is no movement to lessen the quality of the image. All acquired images are submitted to a board-certified radiologist for interpretation of the results once the MRI is complete.
No other diagnostic tool currently available can provide more detailed information regarding the anatomic structures. It provides answers and gives us the information we need in order to create a successful treatment and rehabilitation plan for your horse.
Compare Our MRI To A Standing MRI
This horse suffered from an acute onset of left fetlock pain with swelling and lameness. Radiographs showed vague signs of bone trauma and the horse was stall rested for 8 weeks.
However, the horse remained lame at the walk with severe pain when attempting to flex the joint. Ultrasound and radiographs were unremarkable and the owner elected a standing MRI (Hallmarq unit) of the fetlock. Interpretation of that study by a well respected radiologist was that there were not enough findings to explain the degree of lameness.
The horse was then scanned with our MRI, the Vet-MR Grande XL by Universal Medical Systems, Inc. The arrows and arrowheads in the pictures below show all of the injuries that were missed by the Hallmarq standing MRI scan.
The following had been missed:
1. Distal cannon bone contusion
2. Trauma in the sesamoid bones behind the fetlock joint
3. Cartilage thinning and damage at the front back of the cannon bone in the fetlock joint
4. Injury of the intersesamoidean ligament
5. Injury of the collateral ligament of the fetlock joint
As the case report illustrates, the MRI unit utilized by our clinic is capable of obtaining images that are much more useful for diagnosing and treating your horse's injuries.
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