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Standing MRI: Use in Diagnosing Equine Lameness


Your veterinarian already has the ability to localize subtle lameness in your horses: tools to perform effective diagnostic and therapeutic nerve blocking, digital radiographs (X rays), and ultrasound. So why bother considering magnetic resonance imag­ing (MRI) as well?

Just as physicians use MRI to evaluate human athletes for injury, veterinarians can use it to closely examine an area of con­cern on a horse and gather invaluable information about injuries that is unobtainable with any other technique or technology.


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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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