Neurology for Pets

Miami Veterinary Specialists is the only facility in Miami with an in-house CT and MRI scanner.  This is beneficial to our patients providing a full nursing staff and multiple doctors to care for our patients. The open MRI table allows for safer anesthesia by providing easier access to your pet and allowing better monitoring of the patient under anesthesia. We found that our clients want service in house by a complete staff that can act immediately and respond to the needs of the pet. This includes in house imaging, a board certified Neurologist & neurosurgeon, as well as three board-certified neurosurgeons trained to respond to your pet’s needs. The ability to offer pet  MRI imaging on-site means that MVS is able to offer a “one-stop shop” to our clients in order to diagnose and treat their animals in a more efficient and timely manner.

Our MRI machine, produced by Esaote, a leading international corporation of diagnostic imaging, presents Vet-MR, an MRI system uniquely designed to bring the diagnostic excellence into the Veterinary world. The Vet-MR is specifically suited for imaging small animals. The magnet, coils and electronic components are uniquely designed and merged together to produce a system capable of providing high quality images.  This system is the first MRI system specifically designed and calibrated for our small patients.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a harmless and pain free procedure which uses magnetic fields and pulses of radio waves to temporarily energize molecules in your pet’s body. Pet positioning is extremely fast using continuous visualization features. Pet monitoring is very easy as the animal is easily accessible during examination reducing any risk for the patient. Vet MR allows you to use existing anesthesia equipment.

The MRI is used to scan the body of your pet and provides your specialist with detailed images of internal structures that x-rays cannot do. It also does not expose your pet to radiation. Radiologists are able to look at internal structures with much greater detail.  Structural or functional abnormalities can be viewed helping to determine the specific cause of your pets’ problem.

Indications for an MRI include but are not limited to:

  • Situations where other diagnostic tests have failed to diagnose the problem
  • When a client is hesitant to pursue invasive procedures or expose their pet to radiation
  • When an owner needs an accurate diagnosis to make difficult decisions regarding the care of their pet

Specific conditions where the MRI is indicated are:

  •  Seizure patients
  •  Poorly coordinated gait (ataxia) and weakness (paresis)
  •  Poor balance (vestibular symptoms)
  •  Neck or back pain
  •  Lameness
  •  Abnormal nasal drainage or swelling
  •  Abdominal imaging
  •  Defining tumor characteristics and boundaries
  •  Lumbo sacral diseases
  •  Spinal cord diseases
  •  Encephalitis

An MRI is performed on your pet while under general anesthesia. This is required for all scans to avoid any movement during the procedure. In preparation for this procedure your specialist will perform a full medical examination, and require prescreening laboratories. Prior to your MRI appointment, your pet will be required to be fasted (no food or water) from midnight the night before the procedure is scheduled.