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MRI is often considered the "gold standard" in equine foot and lower-limb imaging.

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Many owners will do just about anything to get to the bottom of a stubborn mystery lameness, and a veterinarian might suggest an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in such a case. This advanced modality is often considered the "gold standard" in equine foot and lower-limb imaging. To help horse owners better understand MRI, we've scoured our archives and collected 10 resources about this diagnostic modality and some of the ailments it can help identify, all available to you free on

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ARTICLE: MRI Diagnostics: Uses and Limitations A rapidly evolving sector of equine medicine, MRI provides superior soft-tissue and bone detail, allows detection of abnormalities in an earlier state of disease, and is considered the “gold standard” in many cases. Read More

VIDEO: 5 Things You Need to Know: MRI Monty McInturff, DVM, shares the most important things he thinks horse owners should know about MRI as a diagnostic tool. Watch Now

FACT SHEET: 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? Find out in this fact sheet. Download Now

SLIDESHOW: Standing MRI in Horses MRI offers an a look at horses' internal structures. Over the past decade this modality has become the “gold standard” for diagnosing equine lameness, including those related to navicular syndrome. Learn about standing MRI in this slideshow. View Now

ARTICLE: MRI in Equine Practice: Great Information and Growing Pains One of the most popular go-to tools for diagnosing the causes of lameness in horses, MRI allows veterinarians to see all the components of a horse's living limb: We can see pictures of a horse's limb that look eerily like the anatomy diagrams or dissections in a textbook, as well as diagnose problems in all the various structures (bone, tendon, ligament) with one imaging modality. Read More

ARTICLE: Review of Available MRI Systems Not all MRI units are created equal; differences in field strength affect their price tags and their abilities to demonstrate lesions. Read More

VIDEO: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Horses Katherine Garrett, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, presents the use of MRI to diagnose injuries and other problems in horses. Watch Now

ARTICLE: MRI to Identify Bone Changes in Racehorses Horses can't describe brewing musculoskeletal discomfort the way human athletes can, but an equine research team has been using MRI to detect bone changes that could indicate a racehorse is at risk for catastrophic fetlock fractures before an accident occurs, allowing such career- or even life-saving intervention. Read More

ARTICLE: Identifying Laminitic Changes with MRI Researchers have learned that MRI might offer evidence of laminitic changes in a horse's hoof before the disease is otherwise identified. Read More

ARTICLE: MRI can Help Identify How Arthritis Progresses, Study Shows MRI is useful for identifying arthritis and other joint diseases, but researchers on a new study found that it could be used to measure bone density and sclerosis—abnormal hardening of the bone. Read More

ARTICLE: A New Navicular Vantage Technological advances such as MRI have given veterinarians a closer look at navicular syndrome. Read More

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