Veterinarians at the Cummings School's Hospital for Large Animals now have the ability to look for causes of lameness, brain damage, and other conditions within horses by using the first and only equine-capable high-strength magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology in New England.

The equipment is instrumental in diagnosing a variety of equine musculoskeletal conditions—many of which cannot be detected using other forms of diagnostic imaging. MRI uses strong magnetic fields and radiofrequency pulses to produce images with superior bone and soft tissue detail. It is used to diagnose problems in many different structures in the horse, including soft tissue lesions that cause lameness, brain lesions that may cause seizures and small tendon tears within the horse's hoof.

The MRI unit at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine is a Siemens 1.5 Tesla instrument similar to those used in human applications. Horses must be anesthetized and placed on a non-magnetic table that has been specially designed and built for the Hospital for Large Animals' equine patients. The entire procedure takes approximately two hours. Clinicians, radiologists, anesthesiologists and other staff collaborate as a team to obtain the MRI images and work to determine a diagnosis. Our high-strength MRI capability is unique within the six-state New England region.

MRI should be part of a full diagnostic workup in conjunction with your own veterinarian.

Please contact the Hospital for Large Animals to make an appointment.

Hospital for Large Animals
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
53 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-7926
Fax: (508) 839-7931
Emergency Services: (508) 839-7926