• Client Evening Dates 2019

    Thurs June 13th 2019: Donkey Day

    Tues July 2nd 2019: Evening Physio Clinic

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  • Information regarding Standing MRI scans at Ashbrook Equine Hospital

  • Your horse has been booked in for an MRI scan.

    We ask that you bring your horse into the hospital prior to scanning, usually the day before, in order for your horse to settle in. This allows the horse to become accustomed to our hospital environment and means we can use lower doses of sedation. Less sedation provides us with less movement blur and better quality images.

  • Please bring your passport so the horse’s vaccination status can be checked and that Section IX (exclusion from the food chain) has been signed.

    At Ashbrook Equine Hospital we have all the feedstuffs your horse will require; however, if your horse has any allergies, please bring your own feeding as appropriate. Please bring rugs and any medications or supplements that you would like your horse to have during their stay.

  • To facilitate repeat sedation doses, a catheter will be placed into the vein. It is standard practice to clip and sterilely prepare the area prior to catheter insertion. If you have concerns regarding this, please discuss it with a member of staff.

    The appropriate shoes will need to be removed before scanning i.e for forelimb scans both front shoes will be removed and for hindlimb scans both hind shoes will be removed.

  • After shoe removal radiographs will be taken to ensure there are no small pieces of metal remaining in the foot; if there is, we will remove these prior to scanning.

    The scan time will be determined by the areas to be imaged and the demeanour of your horse in our scanning environment.

    After scanning, your horse will be taken back to a stable, monitored post sedation and fed when appropriate.

  • Once the scan is completed, the images are sent to our selected specialist for interpretation. They will endeavour to report their findings to us within 72 hours. This report will immediately be sent to your vet so they can advise you of the diagnosis and appropriate treatment options.

    If your horse returns home on the same day, please ensure water is readily available and soft wet feedstuffs are given as prolonged sedation can result in decreased bowel motility and increased colic risk. These precautions minimise the colic risk; however, we advise monitoring the horse closely for the following 12-24 hours, especially with regard to faeces passed.