Monthly Archives: February 2013

Vaccination Reminder!

We would like to remind all horse owners to be sure your horse(s) are up to date on all their vaccinations. In response to the EHV-1 virus found in Ocala, the veterinarians at Palm Beach Equine Clinic are reminding clients and horse owners competing at the the winter horse shows here in Wellington to make sure your horse(s) is vaccinated and current on their coggins. t is strongly recommended that all horses be vaccinated for Equine EHV-1 (either modified live or killed vaccine) no sooner than 7 days prior and no later than 90 days prior to entering the show grounds. Most EHV-1 vaccines are only considered effective for 90 days. Check with your veterinarian about which vaccine you use.


MREquine MRI Services will be at the clinic on March 7th and April 4th.


What is MRI?

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It’s a non-invasive, revolutionary process that enables doctors to “see” right through bone to the soft tissue inside a patient’s body, without surgery and without the radiation that is used in x-rays and CT scans.
In simple terms, this is how it works: the MRI scanner creates a strong magnetic pull that aligns your body’s protons in the same direction. Next, a radio signal is beamed into the magnetic field, causing the protons to move out of alignment. When the beam stops, the protons line up once again, releasing energy as they move. Different types of tissue release slightly different signals, which are measured by a receiver coil. A computer translates the measurements into a highly accurate image of the internal anatomy.
Conditions that may only be apparent from physical signs and symptoms can be clearly seen using MRI. Diagnostic-quality MR images provide highly accurate information to the veterinarian, who is then able to prescribe the appropriate treatment.
The level of detail an MRI scan provides means there can be much greater accuracy in the early detection and treatment of disease. Early treatment is often less expensive and much more successful, which means a MRI can save both time and money.
In addition, MRI exams use no radiation and pose no known health concerns. Best of all, the procedure is virtually painless and may eliminate the need for diagnostic surgery.

Is MRI superior to other imaging techniques (CT-scan, x-ray, etc.)?

Often, yes. MR images can be made from many different angles to give a better view of the tissues in question. MRI can also provide a level of detail that is often difficult to achieve with x-rays or other imaging systems. Because it captures relatively subtle difference in shape and appearance, an MRI image can help your doctor determine which tissues are healthy and which are not.

What does “High Field” mean?

When a patient is in a MRI scanner the body puts off a signal that is picked up by our imaging coil. Generally speaking, the higher the field strength of the magnet, the higher the signal received by the imaging coil. Higher signals yield better image quality. Magnets are categorized by their field strength. Magnets of 1.0 Tesla or higher are considered high field magnets. Magnets between 0.5 Tesla and 1.0 Tesla are considered mid-field magnets. Magnets below 0.5 Tesla are considered low field, magnets.

MREquine uses only 1.5T high field magnets in their custom-built MRI coaches.