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Mobile Equine MRI

A Revolutionary Way to Scan Equine Athletes


This mobile MRI Equine trailer is the first of its kind to have twin expandable walls. Most mobile MRI trailers have no expandable walls due to the strength of the radio frequency and the possibility of the signal leaking outside the trailer. In this case, Medical Coaches engineers were able to design a revolutionary shielding technique, while the walls are in their extended positon.




After the being lowered on to this 700 lb bed, the equine athlete will be given anesthesia and then scanned on the 1.5T magnet for further diagnosis. This magnet will be able to detect the highest detail possible in the ligaments, tendons and muscles of the horses limbs.




The Benefits of Equine MRI

Lameness is the number one reason that horses are removed from athletic performance.  All too frequently, x-rays of the injured area do not allow an accurate diagnosis to be made.  MRI has proven to be a very valuable tool for diagnosing orthopedic injuries in human athletes, and has become a routine procedure.  MRI has been used to evaluate orthopedic injuries in horses in some veterinary hospitals for more than ten years.  It has proven to be just as valuable for getting an accurate diagnosis in equine athletes as it is in humans.  MRI has allowed veterinarians to diagnose problems that were not previously recognized.

When veterinarians choose treatment for injured horses, the most important thing they need to know is the cause of the horse's lameness. This is the benefit of an MRI evaluation because it has a very high probability of finding the problem. MRI is currently used when other imaging techniques like x-rays or ultrasound are not able to determine the cause of the horse's problem. MRI can help identify abnormalities in both bone and the supporting soft tissues, like tendons and ligaments.  MRI can find bone abnormalities that cannot be seen on radiographs (x-rays), and it can also expose abnormalities in tendons and ligaments that cannot be seen with ultrasound.  This is in part because sections of the horse's leg or foot can be seen with MRI allowing a unique look at the internal anatomy. The use of MRI in horses is increasing; sometimes it is performed when a diagnosis has been made to see if the horse has other problems.  It is not unusual for performance horses to have more than one problem, and it is very helpful to know all of the problems a horse has when choosing treatment and rehabilitation programs.

The benefit of MRI to the horse is the ability of this imaging technique to help make an accurate diagnosis. Having an accurate diagnosis is the most important factor in helping horses return to their intended use.