The Group has access to the use of an extremely advanced diagnostic MRI unit based in Buckhurst Hill in Essex.
MRI is a cross sectional imaging system. The patient is placed in a strong magnetic field, which aligns the magnetic vectors of the atoms in the body. Radio-frequency waves are passed through the body to deflect the magnetic vectors. This information is relayed to a computer which generates a cross sectional image.
A major advantage of using an MRI scanner is the ability to differentiate soft tissue structures, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and subchondral bone.
This means a diagnosis may be reached from this image without an invasive procedure being performed. Once an image has been processed, the veterinary surgeon is then able to assess whether surgery is necessary.