Equine MRI Scans

What You Need To Know About Equine MRI Scans

  • Musculoskeletal Disease: 
    • Better understanding of pathology within the hoof capsule.
    • Identifying pathology in soft tissue structures (i.e. ligaments, tendons) and bone.
    • Assessment of many different synovial structures (i.e. bursa, joint, or tendon sheath).
  • Neurologic Disease:
    • Critical evaluation of the brain.

Common imaging diagnostic tools, such as radiography, are effective for many muscustemic circulation. Due to the positive TSPS, the patient remained under general anesthesia and an abdominal CT was performed.

In the images above, the bolus of radioactivity within the shunting vessel courses straight to the heart in the abnormal case, while the radioactivity is visualized within the liver before circulating to the heart in the normal animal.

On the CT examination, a solitary, large intra-hepatic shunting vessel was identified, extending from the porta hepatis, through the liver and into the caudal vena cava, at the level of the diaphragm. The location and course of this shunt was most consistent with a left divisional shunt or patent ductus venosus (PDV), which is the most common type of intrahepatic shunt. The liver was also small in size, which is a common secondary finding in cases of portosystemic shunts.

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