Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)


The CIRALE was the first equine clinic in France to install a MRI scanner dedicated to the horse in 2000. This machine was adapted from human medicine and needed to put the horse under general anesthesia.
A standing MRI machine was installed at the CIRALE in 2009. This scanner allows examination of the distal limbs (foot, fetlock, carpus and distal tarsus).
MRI allows a detailed examination of the different anatomical structures of the lower limb, and is particularly useful in the evaluation of diseases of the foot. The procedure can also provide valuable information about more proximal areas of the limbs, such as the fetlock, knee and suspensory ligament. (See more information in FAQ's)