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Companion Animal Practice
Magnetic resonance imaging and its applications in small animals
  1. Ruth Dennis

    Ruth Dennis graduated from Cambridge in 1981. She spent three years working in practice before returning to Cambridge in 1984 to take up a post in radiology, obtaining the Diploma in Veterinary Radiology in 1985. In 1992, she moved to the Animal Health Trust where she has responsibility for the trust's MRI scanner as well as for small animal radiology and ultrasound. She is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging and an RCVS Specialist in Radiology.


IN recent decades human health care has undergone major technical advances, especially in the area of diagnostic imaging. Many pet owners have now, either directly or indirectly through relatives and friends, had experience of human scanning and other advanced medical techniques and expect the same technology to be applied to their animals. Although there is currently only one dedicated clinical veterinary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner in the UK, a number of referral services have access to human scanners, and it is highly likely that MRI will become available at the veterinary schools over the next decade, as it is already in North America. This article outlines some of the current uses of veterinary MRI. The aim is to help the veterinary surgeon in general practice to identify which cases are most likely to benefit from a referral.

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