What is a veterinary MRI scan?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning is a type of advanced imaging that allows us to look at certain parts of the body. It uses magnetic fields and radio waves in order to build a high-quality image of the scanned area, from which we can identify any issues.

We have one of the most advanced veterinary MRI scanners in the country. Our 1.5 tesla whole body scanner provides exceptionally high quality images with minimal scanning time.

When might we require an
MRI scan?

A veterinary MRI scan can help us to reach a swift and accurate diagnosis for a number of issues and conditions. These can include:

  • Head trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal disease
  • Orthopaedic conditions
  • Stress fractures
  • Soft tissue conditions such as neoplasia
  • Neurological problems

What you and your pet can expect

The scan is non-invasive and isn’t painful, so while it might be worrying to have your pet undergo the procedure, they won’t be in any discomfort. It’s completely safe, too, as it doesn’t use ionising radiation.

As  your pet will need to be completely still for the duration of the scan, we’ll administer a general anaesthetic beforehand. The whole thing will take around 30 minutes, and our certified nurses will be on-hand monitor your pet during and after the procedure. The results are usually available immediately,  so your specialist will be able to discuss them with you straight away.


vet assisting dog into MRI scanner


Referring a pet for an MRI scan

If you’re a pet owner and want to discuss more about our MRI scanning services, feel free to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have, as well as talk you through
the process.

If you’re a vet looking to refer a pet for an MRI scan, use our
simple referral form.