SEV MRI Machine

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) for Pets in South Florida

Serious neurological conditions such as Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), brain tumors, strokes, meningitis and encephalitis require MRI technology to make the most accurate diagnosis possible. When it comes to imaging the soft tissues of the body, including the nervous system, MRI is considered the best tool available. Computed Tomography (CT) scans and plain radiographs are frequently inadequate at diagnosing such problems.

How is an MRI performed?

By utilizing a powerful magnetic field, MRI devices are able to make a more comprehensive image of the internal structures of your pet’s body.  You will be happy to know that an MRI presents no radiation risk to your pet (as opposed to CT scans), since MRI machines do not use X-rays.  An MRI is completely non-invasive and does not cause any distress or pain to your pet, however, your pet must remain completely still, so general anesthesia is typically required.

When Does My Pet Need an MRI?

At Southeast Veterinary Neurology (SEVN), we only recommend an MRI of your pet if it is in their best interest.  We frequently actually DON’T recommend an MRI if the pet’s problem can be diagnosed in another way.  That said, almost all conditions that affect the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, nerves and muscles) are best evaluated with an MRI.  We may recommend an MRI of the head if we are searching for brain tumors, strokes, encephalitis and infections or if we are evaluating for seizures, balance problems or behavior changes.  Additionally, we may recommend an MRI of the spinal column to evaluate for IVDD, spinal tumors, spinal strokes, degenerative myelopathy, pinched nerves and many others.  CT scans and radiographs typically do not provide enough information to diagnose most of these conditions.  At SEVN, we treat your pet as if he or she were our own.  Rest assured, we only recommend an MRI for your pet if we are confident it is needed for their health and well-being.

The Top MRI Technology in Florida for Pets

You can be confident your pet is in good hands at SEVN.  We use a 1.5 Tesla MRI, which is the best technology of its kind being used in veterinary medicine in all of Florida.  Compared to low-field MRI, our MRI provides images with more clarity and in less time.  This means a more accurate diagnosis with less need for anesthesia.  This superior imaging capability gives us the edge in providing you with an accurate diagnosis of what’s wrong with your pet and greater insight into how to fix them up and return them to you happy and healthy.

Why Choose Florida’s Top Pet Neurology Team

Since our founding in 2010, SEVN has been providing expert, compassionate service and neurological care that is unsurpassed in South Florida.  Not only do we have best technology, but we also have the most experienced team of veterinary neurologists to use the information from the MRI.  Our team was the first to provide MRI services to South Florida and have performed more MRIs than all other South Florida neurology services combined.  If your pet is having problems that require an MRI, you should contact our experienced, knowledgeable and professional staff today, so we can treat them as quickly and cost-effectively as possible to get them back into your loving arms.

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High Field

An example of a high-field MRI of the brain performed by SEVN. Note the higher detail compared to the low-field MRI.

Low Field MRI

A low-field MRI of the brain performed elsewhere. Small or subtle abnormalities may be missed.

High Field MRI

Another example of a high-field MRI of the brain performed by SEVN.

Low Field Brain MRI

A low-field MRI performed at another hospital. The pet was misdiagnosed and a new MRI was necessary at SEVN.

High Field Spine

High-field MRI of the cervical spinal cord and vertebral column performed at Southeast Veterinary Neurology. Note the detail of the spinal cord, bones and disks when compared to the low-field MRI.

Low Field Spine

Low-field MRI performed at another hospital. The pet presented for neck pain, however, the diagnosis was unclear so the pet owner came to SEVN for a second opinion.

Reviews From The Web

Our 6 1/2 year old Shepherd/Shar Pei mix, Jynxie, went from a slight injury to basically being paralyzed in just a few days. While we we're concerned with the unknown, after the consult with Dr.DePompa we felt confident proceeding with an MRI, which showed a ruptured disc. We went ahead with the recommended surgery. All we can say is this facility is one of a kind. The level of care they provided is priceless. Jynxie was walking with assistance the next day and continues to improve everyday. I love that they were very up front and honest about the risks, benifits and costs. Highly recommend SEVN! Thank you!

Update: almost 1 year later and Jynxie is doing amazing! 2 walks per day, weight is good and she's as happy as ever, thank you for taking such good care of our fur baby!

Had to bring Jynxie back for an issue unrelated to her prior surgery today. Again, the level of care and professionalism that was provided to our fur baby was amazing, they fit us in last minute and gave us options and we will follow up. Amazing staff and can't say enough good things about SEVN!
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