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Frequently Used Tools:

Equine Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The Equine Hospital at the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville has partnered with MREquine Diagnostic Imaging to expand our radiology services and bring a powerful diagnostic tool to the region for horse owners, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Using a high Field (1.5T) MRI machine, our veterinary team comprised of board-certified surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists and licensed veterinary technicians can now image your horse at our Knoxville facility, eliminating the need to trailer your horse out of Tennessee for specialized diagnostic services and treatment.

MRI is a diagnostic imaging modality which creates cross-sectional images of the body exploiting the properties of water, more specifically, of mobile hydrogen protons. This technology uses a powerful magnetic field to create images that have exquisite soft tissue contrast, and is therefore ideal to evaluate soft tissue pathology, especially the nervous and musculoskeletal system. This makes MRI a powerful, non-invasive tool for the diagnosis of equine musculoskeletal diseases and lameness.

Our expanded imaging capabilities include:

  • high-resolution tissue and vascular imaging of the distal limb
  • detection of subtle lesions and tears
  • foot
  • pastern and fetlock imaging
  • carpal bone and joint imaging
  • detection of subtle inflammation in arthritic patients

Using the high-quality images, our clinicians can provide a more targeted therapeutic treatment plan for your horse. In conjunction with our on-site underwater treadmill and hyperbaric oxygen therapy chamber, UTís Equine Hospital is one of the few facilities available in the country that provides diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation at one location.

If your horse is lame, ask your veterinarian to perform a lameness work-up and then refer your horse to UT for an MRI. Your veterinarian can also refer your horse to the University of Tennessee Equine Hospital for both the work-up and imaging. If you do not have a local veterinarian, call the UT Equine Hospital for an appointment at 865-974-5701.

For more information, contact Dr. Jim Blackford, DVM, Diplomate,
American College of Veterinary Surgeons, at 865.755.8235
or download our Practitioner Information Sheet.

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