MRI transforming pet treatments at Murdoch’s Animal Hospital April 5, 2018 Providing clarity: The MRI scanner is leading to excellent diagnostic and treatment outcomes for pets The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University has become the first veterinary business in Western Australia to acquire and operate a powerful 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner. The truck-based device, previously used for human scanning, allows veterinary specialists to non-invasively examine the internal organs of pets for abnormalities and disease. The high quality images produced are already leading to excellent diagnostic and treatment plan outcomes for small animal patients from The Animal Hospital at Murdoch University. The MRI will also be used to teach veterinary students at Murdoch University, and in future human and animal health projects. Previously, radiologists at the University have been using a Computed Tomography (CT) scanner to examine patients. While this type of scanning is excellent for bones and has a multitude of applications, the MRI is superior for soft tissues like the spinal cord and the brain, said Dr Nerissa Stander, a diagnostic imaging specialist who runs the MRI with The Animal Hospital. “The main use for MRI in our patients is the investigation of neurological conditions. But we can also use the MRI to make tumour evaluations in cancer patients and examine ligaments and tendons for injuries,” she said. “MRI is non-invasive and requires the animals to have a general anaesthetic before scanning so they do not move in the machine. “It provides vets with clarity and valuable information for diagnosis so they can help pet owners make more informed decisions.” Dr Stander is operating her business Vet Imaging Specialists from The Animal Hospital, and is training staff to use the MRI. The Governor of Western Australia Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC officially launched the MRI recently. The MRI scanning service is open to patients of clients referred to The Animal Hospital by vets, outpatients of Vet Imaging Specialists and to direct clients of The Animal Hospital. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: email@example.com Categories: General, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences Tags: animal hospital murdoch, ct scan, emergency vet murdoch, magnetic resonance imaging, mri, mri cats, mri dogs, mri pets, mri scanner, vet murdoch Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!