M.R.I.

How Magnetic resonance imaging works

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive procedure that uses a powerful magnetic field to visualize the soft tissues of the body. Diagnoses utilizing MRI are based on the fact that abnormal tissue displaces normal structures. Abnormal structures can be distinguished from normal tissue because they appear with a higher contrast. MRI scans produce no radiation.

What can MRI help diagnose?

  • Carnial Masses

  • Spinal cord disease

  • Disc hernatation

  • Neck lesions

  • Bleeding lesions

  • Bone marrow pathology

  • Adrenal diseases

  • Nasal problems

  • Cardiovascular abnormalities

  • Middle and inner-ear problems

  • Tumor staging

  • Evaluations of masses prior to surgery

Why choose MRI imagine?

  • Non-invasive

  • Improved tissue contrast

  • Multiple planar capabilities

  • Multiple contrast mechanisms

  • To make a diagnosis

  • To determine best therapeutic option

  • To provide prognostic information for owners to make the best decision for their pet.

When to choose MRI?

When you have a patient with such symptoms:

  • Neurologic – Seizures, cranial nerve defects, paresis, ataxia, pain, lameness, behavior problems.

  • Orthopedic – ACL tears, tendon or ligament disorders, lameness

  • Ophthalmic – Acute blindness

  • Other nasal disease, nasopharyngeal signs.

 

 

 

 

Making an appointment

 

MRI appointments are seen Monday – Friday, and scheduling can be done by calling the clinic at (770) 486-0077. A receptionist will connect you to one of our MRI technicians who will handle the case personally. Sometimes an MRI technician may not be available right away to take your call (i.e.: they are in the process of doing an MRI). In those rare cases we will ask for a call back number, and the MRI technician will return your call as soon as possible.

 

Braelinn Village Animal Hospital MRI center is conveniently located in Peachtree City. The patient should be fasted the evening before the MRI exam to prepare for anesthesia. Access to water does not need to be restricted.

 

Between 7:30 and 8:00 AM a technician will admit the patient into the hospital. The anesthetic procedure and MRI scan(s) will be preformed during the day and most cases will be discharged by 6:00 PM the same evening.

 

A veterinary radiologist will read the images and the MRI results. If the patient is a referral, the results will be transmitted directly to the referring veterinarian who will in turn relay the results and treatment plan to the patient’s owner. This way the treatment plan is always made by the veterinarian who knows patient best. These results will typically be available before the day is over, although we will always have the report within 24 hours. "Stat" reports are available for an additional fee.

 

What to bring

 

We request that each patient have a physical exam, laboratory database including CBC, chemistry panel, electrolytes, u/a within 1 week of the MRI appointment. These requirements help evaluate the anesthetic risk (the MRI scans take approximately 1.5 to 2 hours)

 

If you are a referral we also ask that you bring any previous x-rays, ECG’s and their interpretations, also any ultrasound interpretations.) If needed, our facility can perform requirements above at additional cost..

 

 

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