Hours Of Operation:

Monday – Friday:

8am–5pm

*Emergency MRIs
available as needed.

Pet Owners

How do I make an appointment?

How do I make an appointment? A referral from your veterinarian is required to schedule an appointment. After we have received the necessary medical records from your veterinarian we will be able to quickly schedule an appointment for your pet.

Benefits & Procedures:

Benefits: How will an MRI help my pet? How will an MRI help my pet?

With the help of an MRI your veterinarian can identify the true nature of your pet's problem, giving you peace of mind and allowing your veterinarian to more effectively treat your pet.

MRI is a very powerful imaging tool. With an MRI your veterinarian and veterinary radiologist can see soft tissues such as the brain or spinal cord, joints, and cardiovascular structures in even better detail than with radiographs (x-rays) or CT-scan. In fact, one of the leading publications in veterinary medicine (DVM Sept 1, 2000) stated that MRI is now considered the best test for imaging soft tissues, especially the brain and spine.

Can I be in the room during the MRI?

Unfortunately we cannot accommodate this request. However, your pet’s well being is very important to us. We will prepare your pet for and care for your pet during the MRI with the same discipline and seriousness of any complex surgical procedure. It is especially important to avoid interruptions and possible distractions to allow the Animal MRI veterinary staff and MRI technologist to fully concentrate on caring for your pet and performing the MRI expediently and properly. The MRI will be completed much more rapidly when only trained staff is present. Of course, you are welcome to wait in our offices during the procedure. We will be happy to let you be with your pet as soon as he or she wakes up.

What happens when I bring my pet in for an MRI?

The length of time required to scan patients can vary significantly. We recommend you drop your pet off the morning of the scheduled MRI. We will contact you when the procedure is complete. If you leave the center please make sure our staff has an immediate contact phone number in the event of a question or scheduling change. If you would like to stay Animal MRI provides a reception area you can use during your pet's MRI.

After you enter our facility, the following will take place:

If needed, your pet will be given a mild sedative and painkiller. Both are very safe. An intravenous catheter will be placed for the administration of anesthetic agents. Hair around the catheter site and on the left chest will be clipped. This will allow an ECG pad to be placed so your pet’s heart rhythm can be monitored throughout the procedure.

Your pet will be anesthetized and the MRI performed. When under anesthesia a Licensed Veterinary Technician will be present in the MRI room at all times.

Following the MRI your pet will be moved to a warm, comfortable recovery area. Once your pet has recovered from the anesthesia they will be ready to go home.

A board-certified veterinary radiologist will review the images and provide a written report. The report will be sent to your veterinarian within 24-48 hours.

When your pet is discharged one of the veterinary staff will discuss care at home following anesthesia in detail.

Hospitalization is not typically necessary after an MRI. If hospitalization or transfer to one of our specialty services is recommended it will be discussed with you and your veterinarian. In most cases your pet will go home after the MRI has been performed and they have recovered from the anesthesia.

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Preparation

Preparing your pet for an MRI Is anesthesia necessary?

For the MRI to give your veterinarian the answers they need your pet must remain very still. If any motion occurs test results will be negatively affected. Since we can't ask your pet to hold still they must be anesthetized. Your consent is required before any anesthesia will be given.

How do I prepare my pet for an MRI?

Because your pet must be anesthetized for the MRI withhold all food, including treats, starting at 10:00 p.m. the night before the MRI. Water is permissible until 6 a.m. on the day of the procedure.

If your pet is currently on any medications please ask your veterinarian if they should be given the morning of the scan. During the admission process the AnimalMRI professionals will be happy to answer any additional questions you might have regarding the MRI. We will also ask that you sign a consent form for the procedure and for the administration of general anesthesia.

Is the MRI safe for my pet?

Your pet's MRI procedure is safe and painless. Some pets are uncomfortable because of other health problems. We will take great care in ensuring their comfort. The safety of MRI has been tested on the human side of medicine for nearly twenty years.

Complication rates for the nearly 10 million people who have had an MRI are very low. Any risk to your pet arises from the need for anesthesia during the procedure. While risk can't be completely eliminated, AnimalMRI takes extreme care in anesthetizing your pet. In fact, your pet will be anesthetized using many of the same medications that human anesthesiologists use when anesthetizing pediatric and critically ill patients.

To ensure your pet's safety:

Your veterinarian will complete blood work, an electrocardiogram, and any other testing needed and submit results to Animal MRI before we anesthetize your pet. This way we can adjust our anesthetic plan specifically to your pet. Depending on the time frame since the tests were performed and whether your pet’s condition has changed, it may be necessary to repeat some of the blood work. Usually, testing within two weeks of MRI is favorable.

Your pet will be closely monitored by an experienced veterinarian and veterinary technician before, during, and after the procedure. Your pet’s heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen concentration, and other parameters will be closely watched.

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Results

Results When do I get results?

The average scan can take between 30–60 minutes to perform. The duration may be longer or shorter depending on the area(s) of the pet that are imaged. Once complete, all images will be submitted to a board certified veterinary radiologist. The radiologist’s report will be submitted to your veterinarian within 24 hours. You must contact your veterinarian for the MRI results. The final report will be submitted to your veterinarian, who will diagnose yours pet's condition and agree upon the appropriate treatment with you.

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Services & Costs

Services Your veterinarian will be able to discuss the cost of the MRI once they have talked to the Animal MRI professionals about your pet's needs. The cost of your pet's MRI covers the following:

  • Evaluation of your pet in preparation for anesthesia.
  • Intensive patient monitoring and care before, during and after the MRI. This includes giving intravenous fluids and monitoring vital signs and patient status with specialized equipment.
  • Interpretation of test results by our board certified veterinary radiologists with extensive experience in veterinary MRI.

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