Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced diagnostic tool that uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to generate highly detailed anatomical images. It is typically the best way to evaluate problems affecting the brain and spinal cord, and also allows for surgical planning if needed. Unlike Computed Tomography (CT), fluoroscopy and digital radiographs, MRI does not use radiation. It is a non-invasive procedure that is safe and causes no discomfort to the patient. Veterinary patients must be placed under general anesthesia to prevent movement while images are being acquired.
Common problems where an MRI may be recommended:
Intervertebral disc herniation
Brain or spinal cord tumors
Inflammatory brain and spinal cord disease
At the Animal Medical Center of Seattle, we are excited to have this amazing diagnostic tool. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment with our neurology service, please contact us at (206) 204-3366.
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