Our 1.5 T Siemens Espree MRI system is one of only three animal dedicated systems available in the U.S. for both Equine and Companion Animals.

Advantages of Our Siemens Magnetom Espree

Largest MRI Bore: Extra Large (70 cm) bore opening allows imaging up to the stifle in some horses and body exams of foals and companion animals; large size and compact length (120cm) makes it easier to maneuver horses and companion animals, which improves the overall timing of the imaging process and less time spent under anesthesia.

Accurate Diagnosis: MRI has been shown to disprove traditional diagnoses because of the breadth of detail, information provided by each scan, and allows appropriate, and immediate treatment of a specific diagnosis, i.e. MRI has shown that navicular syndrome is an over-diagnosed condition.

Newest Software: Able to do extra sequences beyond classic sequences in the same time frame providing more valuable information.

Cost Effective: MRI immediately identifies sources of morbidity, avoiding countless tests that provide little to no definitive information; our system can produce superior images without the use of costly contrast. MRI findings can rule out the need for surgery, or can aid in the pre-surgical and radiation planning.

Team: The physics knowledge-base of our radiology team allows each study to provide more information than traditional scans. Our team has extensive training and experience with both equine and companion animal MRI. Superior anesthetists with over 6,000 surgeries performed each year contribute to the safety of the procedure.

Companion Animal MRI

Hagyard Equine Medical Institute would like to thank you for considering us to help with your diagnostic imaging needs for companion animals and patients.

Dr. Trevor Fraebel will be supervising our small animal MRI anesthesia. Dr. Fraebel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Nebraska prior to graduating from Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996. Since graduating, he has practiced small animal medicine in Wisconsin and Indiana as well as Kentucky. In 2005, he focused his skill in the field of small animal emergency medicine and critical care. In addition, for the last two years he has utilized his knowledge and experience to perform anesthesia for CT scans for some of the most critical patients. He will personally examine every pet, review history and blood work, prepare an anesthetic protocol, and monitor every small animal patient referred to Hagyard MRI.

Dr. Shannon P. Holmes, DVM, MSc, DACVR will supervise and interpret the small animal MRI examinations acquired at Hagyard. She is a graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College in 2003. Dr. Holmes completed Masters studies in MRI at the University of Guelph and has extensive MRI research experience as a contributor to projects on multiple sclerosis, breast cancer, neurologic inflammatory disease and pharmacologic MRI. Her residency training in veterinary radiology was obtained at Washington State University, which is the institute that first developed veterinary MRI. As a board certified veterinary radiologist, she has developed the MR imaging protocols, based on her extensive experience. She is also an MRI consultant for the Animal Medical Center of NYC, Tacoma Veterinary Specialists and Illumipet, Inc Teleradiology Group. Dr. Holmes recently co-authored chapters for the soon to be released Practical Small Animal MRI.

We are pleased to offer this unique service of quality diagnostic imaging, along with professional small animal expertise to the Central Kentucky area, and specifically to individual small animal practitioners and their patients/clients.

For more information on the Hagyard MRI, please Contact Cyndi Hall at (859) 685-3732 or chall@hagyard.com.