Equine MRI – Newman Lake Hospital

The number one thing a veterinarian needs to know when treating a horse with a lameness – is the cause. The guesswork is eliminated when the problem is accurately identified. This greatly improves the horse’s chances of returning to performance. Precise diagnosis leads to proper treatment, which leads to the best possible prognosis.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful diagnostic tool that allows us to see bone, cartilage, tendon, & ligaments. MRI studies allow for the highest level of diagnostic accuracy. If your horse has a lameness problem that cannot be diagnosed, you should strongly consider having an MRI study performed.

It is imperative to keep in mind that not all MRI evaluations are the same. High-field magnets (1.0 or 1.5 Tesla) provide unsurpassed accuracy & detail when compared to low-field or standing magnets. Often the problem can be overlooked when studies are performed with low-field magnets.


The image on the left is from a low-field magnet. The image on the right is from a high-field magnet & demonstrates the high quality image that can be obtained with a high-field magnet.

You can truly see the difference!

McKinlay & Peters Equine Hospital’s MRI is a 1.5 Tesla magnet. We are excited to be able to provide this higher level of diagnostic care!

Evaluation of all the MRI’s performed at our hospital is done by Dr. Robert Schneider. He is known throughout the world for his expertise in lameness diagnostics and orthopedic surgery. Dr. Schneider may be called the Pioneer of the use of MRI in the horse and has unmatched experience in reading equine MRI studies. We are most grateful to have him as the captain of our lameness, diagnostic and orthopedic surgical team.

To watch a video demonstration of our MRI please click below: