MRI Information for Veterinarians

Animal MRI Center

Information for Veterinarians
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), is a non-invasive imaging technique that has become a commonly used diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine since it’s early use in our profession in the 1980’s. The MRI consists of a  magnet that creates a magnetic field that causes the nucleus or proton of hydrogen atoms to spin in alignment with the magnetic field. Hydrogen is a common element within tissues, due to their high water content. Depending on the frequency of the magnetic field, when the protons return to their resting state creates a specific release of energy (signal) occurs that can then be recorded, creating images.
Why should I use  MRI? MRI is a powerful imaging modality that allows us to safely and quickly gain both anatomical and functional information about our patients without the need for invasive procedures.
What areas are commonly studied? Any anatomic region that is not readily evaluated with other imaging tools or areas that due to their complexity require more specific definition are amenable to MRI. Some examples are:
  • Spine and spinal cord
  • Brain
  • Joints
  • Nasal cavity
  • A disease process in which cross–sectional imaging adds data that aids in diagnosis, treatment planning or prognosis.
    • Adrenal mass +/- regional vascular invasion
    • Other complex masses
    • Other abdominal defects
Specific clinical signs that often warrant MRI:
Seizures (early or late onset)
Vestibular Symptoms (central or peripheral)
Neck or Back Pain
Abnormal Nasal Drainage or Swelling
How do I refer a patient for a MRI?  Animal MRI Center is conveniently located at Veterinary Care Specialists allowing for ease of referral to multiple specialty disciplines and transfer if/when necessary. If you anticipate your patient needing additional services or would prefer a specialty consult prior to the MRI please refer to the VCS website for more information on referral services or contact VCS at 248.684.0468
Outpatient MRI is also available to your patients. These patients are stable and considered good anesthetic candidates. Outpatients will be under the supervision of a doctor while visiting the Animal MRI Center. They will spend the day under our care and be discharged once fully recovered from anesthesia.
If you have any questions or concerns about the case that you would like to review with the veterinarians overseeing the MRI, please call Animal MRI Center prior to the appointment being scheduled and ask to speak with the veterinarian overseeing MRIs.
Referral forms are available on our website or can be emailed or faxed to you upon your request. Once the referral form has been received your clients can schedule an appointment with us directly.
Are any other diagnostics necessary prior to a MRI? Since your patient will be anesthetized for the MRI, we request biochemistry panel, CBC and thoracic radiographs be performed within the 30 days of the MRI. You may send these results with the client or you are welcome to email results at [email protected]
When should I expect my patients outpatient MRI results? We strive to provide referring veterinarians with accurate information in a timely manner. At the time of discharge you will receive notification that your patient has been discharged with a report regarding their visit.
All images will be reviewed in detail by a board certified veterinary radiologist with years of experience interpreting MRI’s. Radiologists reports should be available 24-48 hours after the completion of the MRI. We would be happy to provide your office with copies of your patients' images.
So that you retain complete control of case management, we will not discuss any test results or treatment options directly with your client. We will, however, be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the radiologist's report. We also share a disc of the images with your client.

Inpatient MRI results will be included in the referral report that is sent at the time of the patient’s discharge from the hospital.
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