The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC) applies the same technology used to see inside the human body—MRI and CT scans—to locate and analyze neurological symptoms and inform treatment plans for your four-legged family member.
Advanced Medical Imaging for Pets
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computerized tomography (CT) scans are non-invasive diagnostic imaging methods used to examine what is going on inside your pet’s body that the naked eye cannot see. These imaging technologies allow our doctors to diagnose a range of maladies, such as:
MRIs and CT scans are useful in diagnosing neurological issues resulting from congenital defects, aging and/or trauma. By creating a picture of the brain, spinal cord and fluid, vertebrae, etc., our doctors can see where the problem in the nervous system lies, and that helps us explain how the rest of your pet’s body is being (or may be) affected.
The ANIC also has special veterinary coils made to fit small animals that help us get better images for improved diagnostic capability.
What Happens during MRI and CT Scans
When your pet undergoes an MRI or CT scan at The ANIC, they get the best care possible.
Pets undergoing an MRI require anesthesia. Before administering any anesthetic, we make sure they are healthy enough to undergo the procedure by either doing blood tests or getting recent blood test results from your regular veterinarian.
Because your pet is sedated or anesthetized for either procedure, we constantly monitor their vitals throughout the MRI or CT scan. Unlike other clinics where one practitioner multitasks, we have a dedicated nurse monitoring vitals while another clinician performs the actual scan.
What to Expect after Your Pet’s MRI or CT Scan
After the MRI or CT scan, your pet will recover in our ICU where they are continually monitored by a veterinary nurse. Once they are ready to return home with you, they may be a little groggy. Some pets may experience mild nausea and/or vomiting.
How to Get Your Pet Diagnostic Imaging Services
There are a number of ways to get your pet the diagnostic imaging tests they need at The ANIC. You may:
- Be referred by your veterinarian
- Call or contact us directly to schedule an appointment
- Call or contact us for emergency service