Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a highly advanced, non-invasive imaging modality that enables our veterinary specialists to obtain highly refined images of the body's interior without surgery. By using strong magnets and pulses of radio waves to manipulate the natural magnetic properties in the body, this technique produces superior images of organs and soft tissues. MRI is particularly useful for imaging a pet's brain and spine, as well as the soft tissues of joints and the interior structure of bones. The entire body is visible with this technique, which poses few known health risks. MRI is a superior diagnostic tool, which enables veterinarians to quickly establish diagnosis and treatment protocols for pets. Patients are under general anesthesia for this procedure to ensure that optimal images are acquired to make an accurate diagnosis. Radiation is not involved in MRI.