Donnington Grove was one of the first equine hospitals to install standing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with the installation of a Hallmark 0.27 Tesla™ low-field permanent open magnet in 2005.
This system allows MRI studies to be carried out in the standing sedated horse, an advantage over the requirement for general anaesthesia with high-field MRI units.
Standing MRI has an established role in the investigation of injuries of the lower limb of the horse and is used around the world.
Over the years Donnington Grove has become one of the busiest MRI clinics in the world, allowing us to draw on a wealth of experience in our interpretation of images.
Standing MRI is particularly useful for the detection of injury within the foot, as it is able to image both the bone and soft tissues within the hoof. It is also possible to image all areas up to and including the knee and hock.
MRI is a sensitive diagnostic tool for both bone and soft tissue injury and is particularly useful in achieving a definitive diagnosis with sports injuries.
This allows clinicians to advise on the most appropriate treatment and management programme and to give a more accurate prognosis than was previously possible with traditional imaging modalities.