The tissues of the nervous system are hidden behind soft tissue and dense bone. Advanced imaging tools, such as MRI and CT, allow us to visualize these deep structures in order to determine the problem and what treatment or therapy your pet may need. These machines are very accurate and provide precise diagnostics that give us the most information possible to help your companion.
When performing an MRI or CT, each patient (human or animal) must be VERY still to obtain accurate images. Because we aren’t able to explain to our pets that they must be completely still during the imaging process, anesthesia is necessary to acquire exact appropriate imaging through an MRI or CT.