MRI Campaign

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    WSU veterinary student, Beryl Swanson ('14 DVM) with Mr. Bear after surgery.

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    A Machine with Greater Capabilities

The Need

A Machine with Greater Capabilities

The new MRI will offer several improvements to patients over the current 18-year-old machine.


The new machine scans faster. Because patients will spend less time under anesthesia during an MRI, there is less risk.

Improved diagnostics

A larger hole will expand our diagnostic capabilities. The new machine has a 70 cm diameter bore (the current machine has a 60 cm bore). That means clinicians can scan further up a leg or down a neck. This will especially benefit our larger horse patients.

Better reliability

Our current machine has served us well, but last year alone it was down several days needing repair. For our patients and their owners who rely on fast diagnostics and treatment reliability is critical.

Horse getting ready for MRI imaging
WSU is the only veterinary hospital in the Pacific Northwest with a high-field MRI that can easily be used on horses. With its larger hole (70 cm diameter bore) clinicians using the new MRI will be able to scan further up a leg or down a neck improving diagnostics.
MRI availability across the US/Canada
Each year, local veterinarians from Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana, and western Canada refer hundreds of patients to WSU to receive advanced diagnostics. Patients have come from Alaska, California, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Ohio, and Texas, and as far away as Virginia and Florida.
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