Well, it is officially summertime! While the end of spring marks the end of our vaccination season, it also marks the beginning of our busiest MRI season. What, you didn’t know there was an MRI season?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a high quality diagnostic imaging tool used to identify soft and bone tissue lesions not visible on x-ray or ultrasound. Around 95% of the horses we see at MPES are for foot/hoof lameness. When radiographs prove unhelpful in detecting lesions or otherwise identifying the cause of lameness, MRI is used to further investigate the problem. The MRI procedure can be performed by any trained individual, and for the moment at MPES that’s me. Here are some little known facts about the MPES MRI:

  • It is the only standing equine MRI in Canada.
  • Typically there are three bodies in the room: The MRI technician; the horse; and someone handling the horse (either a staff member, or, more typically, someone who is associated with the horse).
  • Each appointment takes between 1.5 – 2 hours.
  • Patience, sedation, and a cooperative horse are the key ingredients to a successful MRI
  • The horse gets to rest its head on a pillow, and something about the room itself encourages sleep. Yes, people have fallen asleep while in the MRI room (I won’t name names since I feel compelled to protect the overtired).
  • It is always 22 degrees Celsius in the MRI room, which makes it the best place to be in the dead of winter and the dead of summer.

For more information regarding MRI, feel free to pick up our new MRI brochure the next time you are visiting a MPES location.

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