CityVets MRI Service

Diagnostic imaging has become a very important part of modern veterinary medicine and surgery. The two most common modalities used daily at CityVets are X-ray and Ultrasound.

CityVets have invested in state of the art DR Digital X-ray machines and High Definition ultrasounds (including one capable of imaging in 3D) that are of the very highest specification. This ensures we are capable of getting the best images for diagnostic purposes.

In addition we use, where necessary, a company called Vet CT Specialists who are International diagnostic image interpretation specialists – in short we have the best diagnostic equipment and if needed the best image readers and interpreters available.

Watch this short video to find out how MRI scans can transform the way we diagnose animals

We are also unique in having exclusive access to an high field MRI scanner in Heavitree owned by the University of Exeter.  CityVets therefore has a unique imaging facility for our clients and in addition can offer a non urgent outpatient fully interpreted MRI Scanning service.


The following are conditions where MRI scanning can be used to aid diagnosis:



1. Nasal disease
2. Orbital swellings and masses
3. Difficulties opening mouth
4. Facial swellings and masses
5. Temporal and other muscle atrophy
6. Extent of mandibular or maxillary mass
7. Assessment of regional lymph nodes
8. Head trauma
9. Brain disease
10. Meningeal disease
11. Blindness
12. Ear disease
13. Vestibular syndrome
14. Stroke
15. Cavernous sinus syndrome
16. Chiari like malformation
17. Skull masses
18. Stick injuries
19. Thyroid masses
20. Neck swellings
21. Brachial plexus tumours & avulsion injuries
22. Interscapular fibrosarcoma
23. Wobbler’s disease
24. All spinal cord disease – cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral
25. Nerve root signature
26. Discospondylitis
27. Vertebral anomalies and malformations
28. Shoulder disease ­‐ ligaments, tendons, joint capsule
29. Draining sinus tracts
30. Dermoid cyst
31. Any soft tissue mass
32. Portosystemic shunt
33. Intrapelvic masses
34. Muscular disease include atrophy
35. Cruciate and meniscal disease
36. Suspected interdigital foreign body
37. Joint masses, swellings
38. Hindlimb lameness due to neurological disease
39. Any oncologic disease