Owners and trainers
How can MRI help you and your horse?
Often during a lameness work-up your vet will be able to use 'nerve blocks' to discover where the pain is coming from. This is then followed with X-ray or ultrasound examinations but because these imaging tools only show bone (x-ray) or some soft tissues (ultrasound) your vet may not be able to see anything abnormal.
In these cases a standing MRI can save you time, money and worry through an early, safe and accurate diagnosis.
Early - because you can ask for an MRI of your horse as soon as the 'nerve blocks' confirm the location. You don't have to spend money trying different treatments and then MRI in 3 - 6 months' time as a last resort.
Safe - because the Hallmarq system offers the choice of standing MRI thus avoiding the inherent risks of general anaesthesia.
Accurate - because in the vast majority of cases MRI examination can provide the information your veterinarian needs to arrive at an accurate diagnosis. This in turn allows more accurate treatment and more satisfactory outcomes.
Cross section through a horse's hoof
X-ray image of a horse's hoof from the side showing bone only
MRI image of a horse's hoof from the side showing bone, joint surfaces and soft tissues