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MRI for Pets in South Florida

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Neurological conditions like seizures, wobbly or uncoordinated walking, pain, and confusion may have many different causes. Finding the exact cause such as tumors, strokes, meningitis, and intervertebral disk disease is important so we can figure out the best treatment and gauge your pet's likelihood of recovery.

Why Does My Pet Need an MRI?

At Southeast Veterinary Neurology, we only recommend an MRI if it is in your pet's best interest. We carefully weigh the pros and cons of doing an MRI and take time to discuss these with you.

Most conditions that affect the brain or spinal cord are best tested for with an MRI.  We may recommend an MRI of the head if your pet is showing symptoms of seizures, balance problems or behavior changes. We may recommend an MRI of the neck or back if they are showing symptoms of weakness, pain, wobbly walking, or are unable to walk.

Why Not Use X-Rays (Radiographs) or CT scans?

Radiographs and CT scans use X-rays to look at the internal structures of the body. X-rays are good for looking at the bones and lungs, but they typically aren’t very effective for evaluating the soft tissues of the brain or spinal cord.

By having an in-house CT scanner and South Florida’s most powerful MRI for pets, we can save you money and time by offering the most accurate testing possible.

How Is An MRI Performed?

An MRI is completely painless. Using a strong magnet, MRI devices are able to make a more comprehensive picture of the inside of your pet's body. They must remain completely still for the entire MRI, so general anesthesia is typically required. This is another advantage of our MRI: it works faster than less powerful MRIs, so pets do not need as much anesthesia. This makes the procedure much safer for them as well.

Your pet will lie still on a soft bed with blankets to keep him or her warm during the scan. A veterinary nurse is right next to them to ensure safety, and your pet is also monitored closely during their procedure.

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The Top MRI Technology in Florida For Pets

At Southeast Veterinary Neurology, we use a 1.5 Tesla MRI, which is the best technology available in veterinary medicine in all of Florida. Compared to low-field MRI, our MRI provides images with more clarity in less time. This means a more accurate answer with less need for anesthesia.

See the MRIs below:  On the left is a low-field MRI of the brain performed at another facility. On the right is a high-field MRI performed at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Note the improved quality in the image on the right.

At Southeast Veterinary Neurology, we use a 1.5 Tesla MRI, which is the best technology available in veterinary medicine in all of Florida. Compared to low-field MRI, our MRI provides images with more clarity in less time. This means a more accurate answer with less need for anesthesia.

See the MRIs below:  The first is a low-field MRI of the brain performed at another facility. The second is a high-field MRI performed at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Note the improved quality in the second image.

A low-field MRI of the brain performed elsewhere. Small or subtle abnormalities may be missed.
An example of a high-field MRI of the brain performed by SEVN. Note the higher detail compared to the low-field MRI.

Compare the following MRIs.  On the left is a low-field MRI of the neck performed at another facility.  On the right is a high-field MRI performed at Southeast Veterinary Neurology.  Note the improved image quality on the image on the right.

Compare the following MRIs.  The first is a low-field MRI of the neck performed at another facility.  The second is a high-field MRI performed at Southeast Veterinary Neurology.  Note the improved image quality on the second image.

Low-field MRI performed at another hospital. The pet presented for neck pain, however, the diagnosis was unclear so the pet owner came to SEVN for a second opinion.
High-field MRI of the cervical spinal cord and vertebral column performed at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Note the detail of the spinal cord, bones and disks when compared to the low-field MRI.
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