Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
The MRI Referral Center is now open to receive cases referred by practicing veterinarians. A fully staffed MRI facility, the Rosenthal Imaging and Treatment Center (RITC) provides comprehensive referral service in a friendly and efficient manner for your clients and their companion animals. Because of our location at one of the leading veterinary schools in the country, you can count on your patients receiving the most advanced veterinary diagnostic information available.
Scheduling an MRI
To schedule an MRI for your client at the RITC, we will need the following items:
Referral form (PDF)
Once we have the necessary information, your client should contact the RITC directly to make an appointment.
On the day of the MRI scan, your client will leave with a copy of the MRI on a CR-ROM with a DICOM viewer. You will receive a written MRI report within 24 hours by fax or e-mail, whichever you prefer.
We look forward to providing your client and you with the highest level of service. The RITC staff is committed to delivering a positive experience from start to finish.
Magnetic Resonance Service
Description of Service and Procedures
MR imaging is used primarily for evaluation of the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Other regions of the body can be evaluated if clinically indicated. MRI provides high resolution, high contrast images. It is sensitive for detecting soft tissue pathology that may not be detectable by plain films or CT imaging.
A GE 1.5 Tesla MRI scanner allows superb imaging of internal structures and provides soft tissue detail not available with conventional X-rays or CT scans. MRI data is acquired by a certified MRI radiology technologist with training in both the human and veterinary fields. MRI images are interpreted by specialists in radiology, neurology, and/or surgery as appropriate.
Pre-anesthesia evaluation is performed by a board-certified anesthesiologist who works in conjunction with the client and referring veterinarian to provide optimal patient care. The anesthesiologist will select the drugs and administration protocol according to each patient’s individual requirements. The ECG, blood pressure and respiratory indices are continuously monitored during the imaging session.
At least one veterinarian, numerous certified veterinary anesthesia technicians and a MRI technologist are always on site to provide care. Vital signs of every patient are monitored with the aid of specialized equipment throughout each procedure. A centralized preparation and recovery area allows for efficient and constant observation during anesthesia and recovery.
Results are conveyed promptly to the referring veterinarian via written report. The RITC is committed to providing the highest level of service to patients, clients and referring veterinarians. Our goal is to deliver a smooth, positive experience from the time your client enters our facility to the time you have your results.