Veterinary MRI

Author(s): Ian Elliott

Hospital: Burgess Diagnostics Limited

Reference: RAD Magazine, 45, 533, 10


In human medicine, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) evolved from being a uniquely research tool into general clinical use in the early 1990s. From that point the number of scanners in clinical use in UK hospitals has grown immensely. As a result, members of the public are now as familiar with MRI as they are with x-rays. This increasing familiarity, of course, has not gone unnoticed among pet owners and expectations for animals are such that owners now demand the same levels of care, or better, for their pets as they would for themselves. This demand has been spurred on by high take-up of pet insurance, ‘super vet’ type TV coverage and the widespread provision of mobile imaging services to the veterinary market, all leading to MRI becoming a commonly-used imaging tool in the veterinary world today. New graduate veterinary surgeons today will be as familiar with advanced imaging techniques such as MRI as their counterparts graduating from medical schools.

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