Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an excellent tool for imaging soft tissues. This noninvasive imaging technology differentiates between various types of soft tissues — not just soft tissue and bone.

It also allows medical imaging specialists to determine whether soft tissue is normal or if it’s something that has abnormal characteristics such as inflammatory tissue or cancer.

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre has two MRI units — one for small animal patients and one for equine patients.

small animal MRISmall Animal MRI

The WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre has purchased new MRI technology to replace its original MRI unit in the college's pet radiation therapy centre.

Medical imaging specialists use this MRI unit to:

  • diagnose spinal and brain diseases as well as other conditions of soft tissues
  • diagnose musculoskeletal diseases (such as muscle and tendon injuries)
  • determine the extent of cancer and plan the patient's treatment (surgery, radiation or chemotherapy)