MRI is an advanced imaging tool that allows detailed pictures of the brain and spinal cord. It is typically used in patients with neurological symptoms.
All MRI scans are performed under general anaesthesia.
We are lucky enough to have access to two types of MRI: high field and low field.
High field MRI provides exceptionally detailed images, however cats must be transported to an external facility at the University of Queensland. Only patients that have a low anaesthesia risk can be examined at this location.
Low field MRI provides good detailed images, however they are not as clear as the high field MRI. The benefit of low field MRI is that it is onsite at our Underwood hospital and patients that have a higher risk of anaesthesia (e.g. those cats with obvious neurological signs) can have very close monitoring. We will discuss the pros and cons of each option with you.