Diagnostic MRI in Dogs and Cats

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1. GENERAL PRINCIPLES OF MRI. 2. PULSE SEQUENCES, SIGNAL AND CONTRAST IN MRI. 3. MRI ARTIFACTS. 4. OPTIMIZED TECHNIQUE: Brain, Spine, Musculoskeletal, Technical particularities with low field imaging. 5. MRI OF THE BRAIN: Congenital/Developmental disorders, Metabolic and Degenerative encephalopathies, Encephalitis, Brain neoplasia, Cystic conditions, Ischemic encephalopathy and vascular anomalies, Brain haemorrhage, Cranial nerve diseases. 6. MRI OF THE HEAD (NON NEUROLOGIC): Nasal cavity, Orbit, Ear disease, Other. 7. SPINAL MRI: Degenerative disc disease and disc herniation, Spondylomyelopathy, Lumbo-sacral disease, Anomalies/Malformations, Infection (discospondylitis, empyema), Neoplasia (vertebrae/meninges/spinal cord), Ischemic myelopathy, Spinal cord hemorrhage, Myelomalacia, Spinal cysts, Syringomyelia/Hydromyelia, Peripheral nerve sheath tumors, Degenerative myelopathy, Paraspinal soft tissues. 8. MUSCULOSKELETAL MRI (Mostly shoulder and stifle). 9. THORACIC MRI: Cardiac MRI, Non cardiac thoracic conditions. 10. ABDOMINAL MRI.

Diagnostic MRI in Dogs and Cats makes the vast and increasingly complex topic of clinical MRI in small animals accessible to all veterinarians. With the increasing availability of MRI technology, there is also a pressing need for expertise in interpreting these images. This is the first reference textbook to provide a well-illustrated and comprehensive overview of the current knowledge, focusing on imaging appearance rather than on clinical signs or treatment. With chapters on MRI physics and technology as well as sections on specific anatomical regions, the book functions as a stand-alone reference for the reader, whether they be a radiology/neurology resident in training or a practitioner with a need to learn about veterinary clinical MRI.

Each chapter is authored by internationally-renowned experts in the specific area of veterinary radiology, disseminating their experience and summarizing the current knowledge to provide an excellent overview of what is currently known in the field. The chapters on physics and MRI technology are concise and accessible, using many visual aids and diagrams, and avoiding abstract concepts and equations whenever possible. Within each anatomical section, each chapter focuses on a disease category of that body region. When it is important to understand the imaging appearance, the pathophysiology is reviewed and imaging features of prognostic relevance are detailed.

This practical yet thoroughly comprehensive book is primarily an evidence-based learning resource for trainees, but will also aid practising veterinarians who have less MRI experience.


  • The first reference textbook to provide a well-illustrated and comprehensive overview of the current knowledge in MRI in small animal veterinary practice
  • Includes both evidenced-based material and the authors’ personal experience, providing an excellent overview of current knowledge in the field.
  • Contributors are international leaders in the field.
  • Contains over 650 images of the highest quality.
  • Bullet points format and table summaries throughout the book keep the concepts concise and organized
  • All the information presented reflects knowledge that is supported by peer-reviewed scientific publications, referenced at the end of each chapter – it is a book of ‘facts’.
  • Richly illustrated with over 650 annotated images showcasing the main features of the disease processes
  • Images are obtained at all magnet field strengths, so as to reflect the current reality of veterinary MRI, which uses low-, mid- and high-field magnets

Editor(s) Bio

Dr Mai received his veterinary degree at the Ecole Vétérinaire de Maisons-Alfort, France in 1998. Dr Mai is now Chief, Section of Radiology and Associate Professor of Radiology/Clinician Educator at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and a Diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging. Dr Mai is widely published in many veterinary journals including Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and is a contributor to the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Abdominal Imaging.


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