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About Our MRI and CT Outpatient Imaging

Outpatient advanced imaging with CVNI requires 3 items in order to be scheduled: 


1. A completed MRI or CT request - all imaging requests must be submitted by a veterinarian’s office.

2. Recent medical records

3. Full blood work (CBC/Chemistry) performed within the past month, or since

clinical signs have emerged - whichever is more recent. There is a section on

the online request form that allows for attachment of records.  


Once these items are received, we will then contact the pet owner to schedule the

imaging procedure. We will contact your office when imaging has been completed.  Radiology reports and links to patient images will be forwarded to your office.


Our out-patient imaging service is designated for hemodynamically stable patients. Transfer and imaging of unstable patients must be coordinated with Anne Arundel Veterinary Emergency Clinic.

  • Radiation Exposure
    CT - The effective radiation dose from CT ranges from 2 to 10 mSv, which is about the same as the average person receives from background radiation in 3 to 5 years. MRI - None. MRI machines do not emit ionizing radiation.
  • Time Require to Complete Scan
    CT - Typically 10-20 minutes – some studies can be done under sedation. MRI - Typically 40-60 minutes – due to the loud noises during the study, anesthesia is required.
  • Effects on the Body
    CT - CT can pose the risk of irradiation. Painless, noninvasive. MRI - No biological hazards have been reported with the use of MRI.
  • Applications
    CT - Suited for bone injuries, nasal/ear, thoracic & abdominal imaging, detection of metastatic disease, and soft tissue structures outside the CNS. MRI - Suited for soft tissue evaluation, particularly those surrounded by bone - spinal cord, brain, ligaments and tendons within joints. **For patients where brain or spinal cord disease is suspected, we recommend seeking a neurologist consultation prior to requesting outpatient imaging.**
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