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MRI Diagnostics

STANDING EQUINE MRI

CONSIDER MRI IN THESE SITUATIONS:

  • Chronic lameness has been localized to the foot or in the distal limb by nerve block
  • Radiographs are negative or equivocal
  • Nuclear scintigraphy is being considered – or is negative
  • Access by ultrasound is difficult or impossible
  • For penetrating injuries needing urgent attention
  • After acute onset of lameness during exercise
  • To monitor treatment and healing before returning to work

HOW DOES IT WORK:

  • Scanning takes place in a special screened room
  • A strong magnetic field and short pulses of radio waves are applied to the limb and the weak resulting radio echo is used to create the image
  • Signals from different substances differ, allowing fat (e.g. in bone) and water (e.g. edema) to be distinguished
  • No ionizing radiation is used and there are no known hazardous biological side effects

BENEFITS OF MRI:

  • High quality images of bone and soft tissue
  • The only technique that distinguishes between the many causes of palmar foot pain

NO NEED FOR GENERAL ANESTHESIA IN MOST CASES

  • Eliminating mortality risk
  • Allowing day-patient scheduling
  • Preferred by owners and trainers, particularly for elite sports horses

SAVING YOU TIME AND MONEY

CLEAR DIAGNOSIS:

  • Eliminating unnecessary and costly repeat tests and rest periods
  • Allowing precise targeting of treatment

RAPID DIAGNOSIS:

  • Eliminating the risk of further damage during the conventional cycle of block-treat-rest-reexamination

WHAT IS THE PROCEDURE?

  • The shoes are removed from both front or hind feet
  • The horse is sedated, walked into the room, and one leg placed in the scanner
  • The operator aligns the scanner with the injury site
  • Many images are collected, possibly including those of the contralateral limb for reference
  • After 1-2 hours the horse is walked out of the room, and if necessary, allowed to recover from the sedative
  • A professional interpretation and written report follows in a few days

Equine Medical Center of Ocala offers a premier equine hospital facility and the best team of boarded internists and boarded surgeons in the Southeast United States. EMCO can handle all of your horse healthcare needs and provide you with the best service in the industry. We provide direct service as well as referral service, and we pride ourselves on our relationship with our referring veterinarians.

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