Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most advanced imaging technique used in veterinary medicine. MRI provides detailed images of internal structures and reveal subtle abnormalities that cannot be identified with radiographs or CT scans. In some disease processes, MRI is the only imaging technique that can permit an accurate diagnosis. It is also the safest imaging modality for can evaluation of the spinal cord. MRI is considered the gold standard of diagnostic imaging for diseases of the brain and spinal cord.
Some of the Many Uses for MRI
- Tracking nerve fibers of the brain and spine
- Typing of brain tumors without the need for biopsy
- Distinguishing diseased from normal tissue
- Detecting tumors and assessment for malignancy
- Determining if a tumor will best be treated with surgery or radiation therapy