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Veterinary MRIs in Purcellville

Detailed Imaging of Your Pet’s Internal Systems

When your pet is sick or injured, it’s important to quickly figure out what’s wrong. Since your pet can’t speak to tell us what’s wrong, the Purcellville veterinarians at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates may recommend an MRI, or magnetic resonance image scan. MRIs are powerful tools to diagnose and help pinpoint conditions that are affecting your pet. The images that MRIs produce are up to eight times more detailed than traditional x-ray images. The high degree of detail allows us to make an accurate diagnoses more quickly.

If you have questions about MRIs at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associate, call (540) 269-4656 or contact us online for more information.

Steps in an MRI

Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates wants to ensure that you and your pet are comfortable throughout the entire MRI process. If your pet needs an MRI, we’ll walk you through the entire process and answer any questions you might have about the procedure.

What to expect:

  • Checkup or referral – You will start with a complete checkup for your pet. Our Purcellville veterinarians will perform a regular physical exam of your pet. If you think an MRI would be helpful for your pet, let us know! We’ll discuss your options and take all aspects of your pet’s health into consideration.
  • Pre-admission testing and evaluation – We conduct pre-anesthetic testing prior to your pet’s MRI. Depending on your pet’s medical condition, age, and overall health, they may react differently to anesthesia, so we conduct these tests to ensure your pet’s safety.
  • Admission – When your pet comes in for their scheduled MRI, we ask that you arrive between 10:00 AM and 12:00 PM. We’ll let you know when you should bring your pet into our clinic. Most patients stay with us for around six hours before they’re released back to you. We’ll give you a more specific timeline when your pet is admitted.
  • Study and follow up – Once your pet’s scan is complete, we’ll release them back to you as soon as possible. Our veterinary team will review and interpret the findings from the MRI and ensure that a copy is given to your primary veterinarian within 48 hours of your pet’s scan.

We do our best to make the MRI scan process as easy to understand as possible. We want your experience at Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates to be comfortable and stress-free. We’re here to help!

Indications Your Pet Needs an MRI

While there are many reasons your pet might need an MRI, the Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates team will help you and your veterinarian determine when your pet needs a scan. Below, you’ll find some common indications that an MRI may be necessary.


  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Inflammatory disease
  • Infarction
  • Primary neoplasia
  • Pituitary disease
  • Seizure trauma


  • Nasal disease
  • Ear disease
  • Oropharynx and nasopharynx polyps
  • Salivary gland masses
  • Mucocele/sialocele
  • Neoplasia


  • Retrobulbar abscess or mass
  • Optic neuritis


  • Neck masses
  • Retropharyngeal masses
  • Thyroid masses


  • Congenital abnormalities
  • Intervertebral disk disease
  • Fibrocartilagenous emboli
  • Spinal cord contusion
  • Discospondylitis
  • Inflammatory disease
  • Primary or metastatic neoplasia of the spinal cord
  • Paraspinal/vertebral neoplasia
  • Metastasis
  • Peripheral nerve disease


  • Achilles tendon tear
  • Synovial cysts
  • Patellar tendon tear
  • Osteochondrosis dissecans
  • Meniscal tear
  • Masses - metastatic lesions
  • Masses - soft tissue
  • Ligament tear
  • Intraarticular loose bodies
  • Cruciate ligament tear
  • Collateral ligament tear
  • Capsule tears
  • Soft tissue cysts
  • Avascular necrosis

Does your pet have an issue that is not listed above? Call (540) 269-4656 or contact us online for questions about conditions that may indicate the need for an MRI.

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    “We recently got a puppy and went to Blue Ridge Vet because this is where we had taken our three previous dogs. As before, they were wonderful!”

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    - Cynthia A.
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  • Your Pet Is Always Our First Priority
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