Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields and radiofrequency pulses to produce images with superior bone and soft tissue detail. Our low field system allows us to acquire images of the distal limb in the standing, sedated horse. We do not have to put the horse under general anesthesia. We gather images in multiple planes allowing the radiologist to precisely locate the cause of the problem. Depending on the temperament of the horse, the exam usually takes about 3 hours.
MRI is an exciting technology as it allows us to diagnose lameness causing injuries that show few or no abnormalities with other imaging techniques like radiographs or ultrasound. For more information about what to expect if your horse has an MRI at our clinic, please see the frequently asked questions page.