Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
In October of 2018, VSC upgraded our Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) from a 1 Tesla to a 3 Tesla. Our new MRI is three times stronger than our previous MRI unit and gives us top-of-the-line image quality as well as faster scan times, reducing the anesthesia time for our patients. Because the detail is so much better than in the past, we can examine smaller areas of the body, smaller animals and musculoskeletal structures such as the shoulder and get great resolution. VSC is one of only a few veterinary hospitals in a non-university setting to have a 3 Tesla MRI. It is presently the only 3 Tesla MRI in a veterinary setting in the Chicago area.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create a detailed picture of the organs and tissues within your pet’s body. An MRI produces high-resolution images of the inside of the body that helps diagnose a variety of problems. Unlike radiographs and CT Scans, an MRI does not use radiation.
An MRI is used to provide clear images of parts of the body that can’t be seen as well on a CT scan, radiographs or ultrasound. The ability to highlight contrast in soft tissue makes an MRI useful to visualize the brain, spinal cord and other soft tissues. A pet receiving an MRI is anesthetized and monitored closely in the MRI machine.
The most common applications for MRI are:
- Neurologic disease (brain and spinal cord)
- Evaluation of tumor margins
- Occult lameness