MRI or NMR scan

Contrary to CT (Computed Tomography), an MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging) doesn't use X-rays, but creates images by means of a magnetic field. The technique is used mainly for imaging soft tissues with the help of high contrasts. MRI is recommended for neurological screenings or complaints, diagnosing oncological diseases or detecting tendon or muscle injuries.

The examination takes about 20 to 45 minutes. It is therefore necessary that the patient is brought under general anesthesia.

Device in our clinic:

  • Esaote, Vet MR Grande, open systeem, 0.25 Tesla – installed in January 2021

Information for vets:

Referring a patient for MRI

It is possible to refer a patient for only a MRI research. Only stable patients are accepted. Screening for Syringomyelia or Chiari-like malformation is also possible.

How do we work?

Please send or give us a referral letter which clearly indicates the region(s) you want to scan or what the indication is. Please also provide the results of any recent blood or urine tests or examinations (should you have these). You can send these via the online contact form or by email to dierenradiologie@ugent.be. We will examine the documents and we will confirm receipt and ask for additional information if necessary.

In a next phase and only after receipt of our confirmation, the owner can make an appointment by phone (T 0032 (0)9 264 77 00) at the Secretary's office of the Clinic for small pets.

On the day of the appointment we expect the patient between 8 and 9 a.m. The animal can return home as of 15.30 p.m. Exceptionally other arrangements can be discussed. When the owner picks up the animal, we do not discuss or give any results. We provide you with an extensive report within the next three days.