Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most sensitive and the most specific imaging tool available in veterinary medicine. 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.
A new standing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit for equine patients is now available in the Dubé/Ryan Equine Performance Centre, and by 2013, the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre will be operating a new MRI unit for small animal patients in its pet radiation therapy centre. The MRI units are part of the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's Medical Imaging Department that provides expertise and technology for the hospital’s Small Animal Clinic and Large Animal Clinic.
MRI unit for small animal patients
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 will use this MRI unit to:
MRI unit for equine patients
Western Canadian horse owners and referring veterinarians now have access to a powerful diagnostic tool: a standing MRI unit in the WCVM Veterinary Medical Centre's expanded equine performance centre. The new system allows medical imaging teams to:
Unlike other MRI systems, the WCVM's new standing MRI unit doesn't require patients to undergo general anesthesia: a horse is only sedated to ensure minimal movement and good image quality. Besides being more cost effective, the sedation option allows clinicians to avoid the small but significant risk of anesthetizing an equine patient.
The standing MRI system is produced by Hallmarq Veterinary Imaging, a company based in the United Kingdom. Hallmarq has supplied similar systems to a number of large equine medical centres in Europe and North America including the University of California (Davis) and Marion DuPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA.
Small Animal Clinic:
Large Animal Clinic: