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Guidance notes for owners of horses having MRI


• Your horse will need to be sedated for the MRI exam. If you know of any reason why this cannot be done safely or if you know of any problems that the horse has previously encountered when being sedated, please inform us prior to arrival.

• Please bring the horse’s passport with you.

• Shoes need to be removed before the procedure can be carried out. If your horse is having its forelimbs scanned only it's front shoes need to be removed and only hind shoes for scanning hind limbs.

• Your horse may have to remain at the clinic for the whole day. Although the scanning procedure only takes a few hours, having the horse at the clinic for this period allows time for repeat scans to be taken if deemed necessary.

• You will be informed when your horse can leave the clinic, normally as soon as we have completed the scan and checked to see that we have images of diagnostic quality. Arrangements to collect the horse can be made at this time.

• Routine xrays will be taken of horses having MRI of the feet prior to the procedure. This is for our own research and developement purposes and there will not be a charge for this. It also gives us the opportunity to check for any broken clenches or rust that has been left in the feet which will have to be removed as it would adversely affect the image quality.

• In some cases, the MRI scans will identify a problem where we believe further imaging (such as radiography, ultrasonography or nuclear scintigraphy) will be helpful in providing more information. In such cases, we may request permission to perform these added tests before the horse goes home.

• In a small number of horses, sedation may predispose them to mild colic. If your horse is prone to colic, it might be prudent to feed a laxative diet for 24 hours or so after your horse returns home. If feasible, walking exercise can also be helpful to promote gut motility.