Small animal MRI works in the same way as typical veterinary imaging services available today. It is a non-invasive imaging test that is used to diagnose, aid in the treatment, and even come up with prognoses to a wide range of medical conditions involving the head, neck, brain, joints, and spine of small animals.

Through MRI scans, detailed images from small animals’ organs, tissues, and bones are generated which allows vets to analyze their sickness and come up with specific treatment that would best suit the situation.

Small animals manifest certain indications when they are in need of an MRI scan. Below are typical warning signs that point toward the need for this procedure:

The Brain

This may include seizures, Behavior Changes, Increase in intra-cranial pressure, congenital abnormalities, inflammatory disease, Epilepsy, AVM’s and Aneurysms, Infarctions, Cranial Mass, Primary and Metastatic Disease, Cranial Trauma, Sella and Pituitary Disease, Middle and Inner Ear Problems, Vasculitis.

Head and Neck

This may include Rhinitis and Neoplasma, Neck Mass and Lesions, Chronic Nasal Discharge, Thyroid Masses and Lesions, or Salivary Gland Masses.


This may include Spinal Cord Disease, FCE / Tumor / Myelomalcia, Disc Herniation, Congenital Abnormalities, Spinal Myelitis, Spinal Stenosis, Syringomyelia, Vertebral Bone Tumor, Discospondylitis, Non-Osseous Bone Disease, Paraspinal / Vertebral Neoplasia, Primary / Secondary or Metastatic Neoplasm of the Spinal Cord, Post OP Recurrence of Invertebral Disc Disease.

AAVR Veterinary Association for Veterinarians & Technicians

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