Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most advanced imaging technique in veterinary medicine. MRI provides detailed images of internal structures and reveals subtle abnormalities that cannot be identified with x-rays or CT scans. MRI is the most common diagnostic imaging tool used in both human and veterinary medicine to It is the current gold standard for nervous system imaging in dogs and cats.
It provides high-quality images with excellent detail and resolution of the brain and spinal cord compared to other imaging tools such as computed tomography (commonly referred to as CAT scan). The high-field magnet uses a strong magnetic field and the natural resonance of atoms in the body to visualize the structure and function of organs. MRI, which is mainly used to examine internal organs for abnormalities, is non-invasive and superior to other soft tissue imaging methods. Until recently, MRI was of limited use in veterinary medicine, mainly due to the cost of the imaging unit and associated computer requirements, as well as the need for specially constructed rooms to house the equipment.
Krimins and the entire team at Johns Hopkins University’s Veterinary Clinical Trials Network (VCTN) are experts in veterinary MRI and MR compatible anesthesia requirements for pets. There are currently fewer than five facilities across the country that have 3T MRIs available for imaging animal patients. If your pet needs an MRI, your veterinarian will likely refer you to a local animal neurologist or radiologist for assessment and subsequent imaging, if indicated. VCTN is pleased to be able to use several 3t MRIs within the Department of Radiology and Radiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine for imaging veterinary patients.
Advanced Veterinary Medical Imaging has recruited the most dedicated and qualified staff in the MRI industry to provide the best possible care for your pet.