Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, and other internal body structures. The images can then be examined on a computer monitor or printed. MRI does not use ionizing radiation (x-rays), but detects the motion of protons that are normally present in the body.
Detailed MR images allow veterinary radiologists to better evaluate parts of the body and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound or computed tomography (also called CT or “CAT” scanning).
• Allows visualization of soft tissue structures not seen using X-rays
• Is ideal for evaluating structures within the hoof, that can not be imaged using ultrasound
• Identifies areas of inflammation, disrupted fiber pattern of tendons and ligaments, thickening of joint capsule and small bone lesions
MR imaging is performed to help diagnose:
• Tendon and ligament lesions, especially those within the hoof capsule
• Causes of foot pain
• Synovitis or inflammation of a joint
• Bone edema