VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly known as MRI, is a diagnostic tool that senses water molecules oriented by a strong magnetic field to produce high quality images of tissue.

MRI is commonly used to image:

  • The nervous system (brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves): For seizures, altered mentation, paresis/paralysis, pain, vestibular disease and other neurologic deficits.
  • The musculoskeletal system: For lameness, swelling, masses.
  • Masses or other soft tissues involving the head, neck, thorax and abdomen.

Movement during the scan must be minimized in order to get the best quality diagnostic images. Therefore, veterinary patients need to be anesthetized for the MRI examination. Every patient that presents for an MRI scan will receive a thorough physical exam, and will have a review of recent bloodwork and other testing done prior to anesthesia to ensure they are good candidates for anesthesia. Also, every patient anesthetized at VCA NWVS is closely monitored while under anesthesia by a veterinarian and a certified veterinary technician. VCA NWVS has a “high field” MRI magnet (1.5 tesla) on site, which is similar to the MRI equipment used in many human hospitals. Surgical suites and the ICU (with board certified surgeons, internal medicine specialists, neurologists, emergency and critical care, and other specialists) are close by.

Departments

Diagnostic Imaging
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General Practice

We have over 600 animal hospitals in 41 states and 4 Canadian provinces that are staffed by more than 3,000 fully-qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 400 being board-certified specialists.

The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments such as wellness, spay/neuter, advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), internal medicine, oncology, ophthalmology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, boarding, and grooming. Services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Emergency Care

FOR PET MEDICAL EMERGENCIES, PLEASE CALL OUR HOSPITAL AT (503) 656-3999 OR TRANSPORT YOUR PET IMMEDIATELY TO OUR FACILITY (NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED)

VCA NORTHWEST VETERINARY SPECIALISTS IS LOCATED AT:

16756 S.E. 82nd DRIVE
CLACKAMAS, OR 97015
TEL: (503) 656-3999
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Pet Emergency Handbook for Download

VCA Northwest Veterinary Specialists is ready to provide emergency and critical care for your beloved companion around the clock every day of the year. Our Emergency Service is staffed by 4 board certified emergency and critical care specialists -- more than any other specialty hospital in the Pacific NW! Our ER/CC team works collaboratively with all of our specialty departments as needed to provide the most diverse and comprehensive specialty care in Portland. If your pet is having an emergency, please come immediately to our hospital - we are ALWAYS available, any time, day or night! You may speak with an ER/CC team member if you have questions/concerns by calling (503) 656-3999.

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