VCA Braelinn Village Animal Hospital

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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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency during normal business hours, please call us immediately. If you have an emergency outside of our normal business hours, please contact a local emergency animal hospital.

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