Animal Care Imaging is dedicated to obtaining the best image quality along with providing Board-Certified professionals for a clearer diagnosis of your pets ailments. Dogs, cats and other small pets and exotics are patients we see in our state-of-the-art facility. Our High Field MRI and Veterinary radiologist team provides quick results, within 24 hours of the scan, as well as distribution to your primary doctor and referring veterinarian. We schedule appointments on an outpatient basis so no overnight boarding or invasive procedures are necessary.
What is an MRI?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, an imaging technique that provides incredibly detailed images of many different structures inside your pet’s body. Unlike an x-ray which uses radiation to visualize bones and other structures, an MRI uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce cross-sectional images of organs, blood vessels, bones, tumors and more so your pet is never exposed to radiation.
When is an MRI used?
MRI is considered the gold standard for diagnosing brain and spinal injuries, diseases and deformities, replacing many of the invasive “exploratory” procedures of the past. MRI is also very effective at examining and evaluating issues concerning the musculoskeletal system including bones, ligaments, tendons and joints. The information derived from an MRI can help veterinarians and specialists determine your pet’s prognosis – for instance, determining the extent of a tumor or whether your pet will have mobility issues after a skeletal or spinal injury such as a herniated disc. All of this information can prove invaluable in helping pet owners make quality of life decisions for their pets.
How is an MRI performed?
Your pet will be comfortably positioned on a table surrounded by powerful magnets. When the scan begins, strong magnetic waves will be painlessly projected through your pet’s skin to “see” deep inside your pet’s body. The magnetic signals are converted into a series of three-dimensional cross-sectional images that allow the radiologist and your pet’s doctors to monitor your pet for diseases, illnesses and other medical conditions. MRIs are completely painless and noninvasive, and they provide a much more detailed view of your pet than any other imaging technique.
At Animal Care Imaging, we’ve performed MRI’s on hundreds of pet patients, and we’re skilled in obtaining the clearest, most comprehensive images in the least amount of time so your pet is always kept comfortable. As a leading provider of pet imaging in the Tampa area, you can rest assured we’ll provide your pet with the best of care.