Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Rossdales’ MRI service has an internationally renowned reputation for experience with all breeds of horses and ponies, which take part in a wide range of equestrian activities. We have been offering an MRI service for many years and in 2015, 405 MRI scans were undertaken at Rossdales Equine Diagnostic Centre.
Partner Sarah Powell MRCVS heads of our imaging services team and has particular expertise in MRI and CT. She provides an image reading service and MRI/CT consultancy to equine practices both in the UK and around the world. Our specialist clinicians have demonstrated excellence in the detection of pre-fracture injury of the fetlock joint and stress injuries of the upper cannon region and knee.
When is MRI appropriate?
Examples of types of injury suitable for evaluation using MRI include:
- Navicular bone injury and early stage degenerative disease
- Soft tissue injuries of the foot
- Coffin joint diesease
- Hoof wall masses
- Foot penetration injury assessment
- Bone injury of the pastern and fetlock region
- Fore limb upper suspensory ligament injuries
Our specialist clinicians will discuss with the client and the referring veterinary surgeon the diagnosis, the options available for treatment and the prognosis for future soundness. We can advise the referring veterinary practice regarding treatment at home, but clients and referring veterinary surgeons often request that any treatments are carried out at Rossdales prior to discharge.