What is MRI of the Spine?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive diagnostic imaging examination that helps veterinarians diagnose and effectively treat spinal conditions in your pets.  MRI does not use any ionizing radiation such as used to create x-ray images. 

The MRI machine at Companion MRI is the same type of system used for human MRI imaging and is a high-field or 1.5 Tesla, high-resolution magnet.  We use a high-field magnet in order to get the highest quality, detailed images of your pets' anatomy which is critical to get the best image quality for dog MRI scans of the spine.  Currently, MRI is the most sensitive imaging test of the spine for your companion animals.

MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses, a sophisticated computer, and computer algorithms to produce detailed pictures of your pets' organs, soft tissues, bone, and virtually all other internal body structures.

Sometimes a contrast material will need to be used in the dog MRI spine exam in order to see some disease processes more clearly.  The contrast material will be injected into an intravenous line while your pet is under anesthesia. 

Dog MRI Spine

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