New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

New Bolton Center's new MRI system is designed specifically for obtaining high-quality images in horses.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within the body. MRI provides additional information beyond radiography, computed tomography (CT), and ultrasound.

New Bolton Center Hospital, MRI on Equine Patient

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O-Scan: High-Resolution MRI System

 The O-Scan is a high-resolution MRI system for diagnostic imaging using a low-field magnet. The MRI is capable of imaging extremities, from the foot to the hock (tarsus) or knee (carpus). The system, manufactured by Esaote, can also be used for other large animals.

 The MRI is used primarily for soft-tissue injuries associated with lameness, but detects bone injury as well. It provides functional (inflammatory) information, in addition to anatomic data.

New Bolton Center MRI

This new MRI replaces a previous system at New Bolton Center, installed in 2005.

All images are reviewed by the clinician on the case, as well as a board-certified radiologist, with reports available within 48 hours.

Available Studies

  • Foot, Bilateral feet
    • The single-foot imaging includes a limited study of the opposite foot or a limited study of the pastern
  • Proximal suspensory, Bilateral suspensory
    • Proximal suspensory includes a limited study of the opposite suspensory
  • Fetlock, Bilateral fetlock
  • Carpus, Bilateral carpus
  • Tarsus, Bilateral tarsus

Appointments are available Monday through Friday and can be made through Surgery or Sports Medicine.

Meet the Imaging Team

At New Bolton Center we provide our patients with a comprehensive and collaborative clinical approach, which starts with state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging. Our board-certified faculty and clinical staff are among the world's most experienced and respected in their fields.

Our Collaborative Approach

At New Bolton Center, we believe in collaboration across all services. If we find an issue with your animal while we are studying imaging results, we'll talk to you about how to best solve the problem.