What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique that uses a strong magnetic field and pulses of radiofrequency energy to cause tissues to emit characteristic energy signals. The MRI computer converts the signal intensity to varying shades of grey in the image.
The main advantages of MRI versus the conventional x-ray include:
Left: An X-Ray of a hock. You would be able to see a fracture but it is hard to see tissue damage.
Right: an MRI of the same joint – the detail is much better and the image is far more likely to be diagnostic for soft tissue injuries.
The MRI is now considered the GOLD STANDARD for diagnosing:
Other applications include:
Deeper studies of complex anatomical regions as the hock joint
Detection of small changes in soft tissues in the abdominal cavity
What’s happened to my dog/cat during a scan?
How long is the procedure?
It depends on