MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF THE CERVICAL SPINE IN 27 DOGS
Article first published online: 23 MAY 2005
Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
Volume 40, Issue 4, pages 332–341, July 1999
How to Cite
Levitski, R. E., Lipsitz, D. and Chauvet, A. E. (1999), MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING OF THE CERVICAL SPINE IN 27 DOGS. Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound, 40: 332–341. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8261.1999.tb02120.x
- Issue published online: 23 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 23 MAY 2005
- Received August 10, 1998; accepted for publication September 17, 1998.
- magnetic resonance imaging;
- cervical spine
The cervical spine of 27 dogs with cervical pain or cervical myelopathy was evaluated using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Spin echo T1, T2, and post-contrast T1 weighted imaging sequences were obtained with a 0.5 Tesla magnet in 5 dogs and a 1.5 Tesla magnet in the remaining 22 dogs. MRI provided for visualization of the entire cervical spine including the vertebral bodies, intervertebral discs, vertebral canal, and spinal cord. Disorders noted included intervertebral disc degeneration and/or protrusion (12 dogs), intradural extramedullary mass lesions (3 dogs), intradural and extradural nerve root tumors (3 dogs), hydromyelia/syringomyelia (1 dog), intramedullary ring enhancing lesions (1 dog), extradural synovial cysts (1 dog), and extradural compressive lesions (3 dogs). The MRI findings were consistent with surgical findings in 18 dogs that underwent surgery. Magnetic resonance imaging provided a safe, useful non-invasive method of evaluating the cervical spinal cord.