MRI was first used for horses in 1997, but it was not until 2003, with the invention of standing MRI by Hallmarq, that the technique became popular among equine veterinarians and generally accessible to horse owners.
Today safe, early and accurate lameness diagnosis is possible using MRI as never before, and the choice of treatment can now be based on a clear diagnosis. Both standing and high field MRI have proven diagnostic rates of 90% or better, while with the conventional approach to lameness diagnosis only about 30% of tests get a definite result.
With standing MRI the horse is sedated and stands comfortably with one leg inside the scanner. A veterinary technician stands at the horse’s head to monitor the horse’s comfort and level of sedation. The standing MRI can provide extensive information regarding the health of the tissues of the distal limb, in a way that radiographs and ultrasound cannot. [Learn more about Hallmarq’s Standing MRI].
Photo (center right): Founding fathers, from left to right: Drs. Brendan Furlong, John Steele, Ben Schachter. It is through their vision of providing safe, reliable MR imaging for the Wellington and South Florida area that this entity has been created.!