Pet Owners

How MRI Can Benefit Your Pet

When we see changes in the behavior of our beloved pets, it is cause for immediate concern. Medical history is primary in a diagnosis. Unfortunately, they can’t tell us why they are acting the way they are or where they are hurting. Diseases that were once impossible to detect without an autopsy can now be diagnosed and treated in the living animal through MRI. A popular analogy to explain this concept is the "sliced bread analogy." Without slicing the bread, you see only the oven-baked golden external surface. If we want to look at the white part of the bread we have to slice the bread and remove one of the pieces. A slice of bread is the equivalent of one MRI image. Taking this analogy further, thinner or thicker slices can be made and the bread can even be sliced in any orientation.

What happens when I bring my pet in for an MRI?

When you bring your pet to Companion MRI, we provide complete care to ensure the safety of your pet and fast, reliable results. The exam usually takes between 30 and 60 minutes and results are sent to your veterinarian within 24 hours. Unlike people, animals need to undergo anesthesia during an MRI. This is to ensure the animal is perfectly still throughout the exam, since any motion can produce blurred or unclear images. To provide the utmost safety for animals, Companion MRI is located in a specialty veterinary clinic with full veterinary capabilities and emergency resources. Specially trained veterinary and imaging personnel carefully monitor animals throughout the course of the MRI procedure. Should any complications arise under anesthesia, emergency clinicians and resources are immediately available onsite to provide care as needed.

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What Is Included in an MRI Exam?

Each exam at Companion MRI includes the following:
  • A medical evaluation of your pet in preparation for anesthesia.
  • Intensive monitoring and personal care for your pet before, during, and after the MRI.
  • Our all inclusive price of $1825 (Primary MRI location) includes the: MRI, anesthesia, all monitoring, contrast (if indicated), interpretation and report from a board certified Veterinary Radiologist (Also board certified Radiation Oncologist) or Veterinary Neurologist (your choice) plus DVD of exam.
  • If additional sites are needed the cost is $250 per each additional anatomical site.
  • If an emergency read of the exam is required, an additional $100 is charged.

How Do You Make an Appointment?

You will need a referral from your veterinarian in order to schedule an appointment for your pet. After you speak with your veterinarian, we can quickly schedule an MRI exam at a time that is convenient for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to call us anytime. We will be happy to contact your Veterinarian and speak with them about an MRI for your pet.
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