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GudrunTheRed
26th January 2007, 03:50 PM
I though those of you in and around North Carolina and Northern Virginia near Washington D.C. who are dealing with or know someone who is dealing with SM would be very happy to know that there is now a pet MRI center at North Carolina State University. Here's the whole article (here's the link to the article on the Iams website: http://www.iamsco.com/en_US/jhtmls/iamsco/news/sw_in_News_page.jhtml?li=en_US&bc=C&pti=IN&ai=1103)


The Iams Company Partners with North Carolina State University to Enhance the Way Veteriarians Practice Medicine

Iams Pet Imaging Center Brings Power of MRI to Area Veterinarians and Students

Raleigh, NC -The Iams Company announced today the opening of a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) center on the campus of North Carolina State University (NCSU). The Iams Pet Imaging Center is the first corporate presence on the University's Centennial Biomedical Campus and is located adjacent to the College of Veterinary Medicine's Teaching Hospital.

"We are pleased to be partnering with North Carolina State University to make state-of-the-art technology that can truly enhance pet well-being more readily available," said Jeffrey P. Ansell, president of The Iams Company. "Iams is in the pet well-being business, so this is an exciting way to bring local veterinarians a better method to diagnose conditions in pets while we provide the MRI experience to the veterinarians of tomorrow."

The technology comes from Proscan International, already a leader in providing human MRI services. "This technology has proven to be incredibly valuable to humans, and now, MRI is being used to help diagnose conditions in pets non-invasively," said Dr. Stephen Pomeranz, founder and president of ProScan.

The Iams Pet Imaging Center will serve a dual purpose because of its location at one of the leading veterinary schools in the country. Practicing veterinarians in the Raleigh area and North Carolina region will be able to refer to the new service, providing their patients with the most advanced veterinary diagnostic information available. Students will be able to see MRI early in their careers.

"We are changing the way veterinarians can practice medicine, making diagnosis not just faster, but more accurate, which leads to better treatment, outcomes and better pet health," said Dr. Liesa Stone, technical services veterinarian at Iams Research & Development.

The Iams Pet Imaging Center also adds a new dimension in the education of students at the NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, according to Dr. Oscar Fletcher, former dean of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine: "We are thrilled to bring this breakthrough technology to our program. This offers a unique benefit for our students and provides new tools to our area veterinary community for providing new solutions for pet owners."

The North Carolina facility is the second Iams Pet Imaging Center, with the first opening near Washington, D.C. in Vienna, Virginia, in early 2002. That Center has become the world leader in pet MRI scans, based on nearly 3,000 case referrals. Pets have benefited from MRI's ability to show conditions such as strokes and bursitis (tissue inflammation), conditions previously difficult or impossible to detect with traditional technology, such as x-rays.

Like its Washington D.C.-based counterpart, The Iams Pet Imaging Center at NCSU will feature state-of-the-art imaging and monitoring equipment for faster, high-quality imaging in the safest possible environment. The highly trained staff includes a veterinarian specially trained in anesthesiology and a veterinary radiologist, so customers can feel confident that pets are receiving the highest level of veterinary care available. The center utilizes Siemans-engineered and manufactured MRI equipment and technical expertise provided by ProScan, a world leader in MRI technology and education.

About MRI

MRI is an advanced diagnostic tool that uses magnetic energy and radio waves to create detailed images of tissue. With this technology, veterinarians now can more accurately determine the cause and location of diseases in pets, so they can treat them more efficiently and effectively. MRI identifies conditions such as cancer and orthopedic injuries without invasive exploratory surgery that can sometimes be required.

NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital

The NCSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH) established in 1983, provides state-of-the-art veterinary medical services for veterinarians and the people of North Carolina and surrounding regions. Each year nearly 17,000 patients are examined in the Teaching Hospital.

About the Iams Pet Imaging Center

The Iams Pet Imaging Center is the most technologically advanced MRI center available dedicated to superior veterinary diagnostic care. The center houses state-of-the-art equipment with technical expertise provided by ProScan, a world leader in the development of MRI technology. To learn more about The Iams Pet Imaging Center, call 1-866-4PETMRI or 1-866-478-8674.