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13th December 2010, 01:37 AM
I live in the U.S. and there doesn't seem to be very many options as far as MRI scanning. If I wanted to scan my dog for reference where would I have it graded? I understand how to do eyes, hearts and patella as well as hips as we have a health database OFA. But I have no idea what to do as far as SM grading. From what I have researched so far I will have to travel for the MRI. Does the neurologist that performs the MRI do the grading as well? TIA.

I want to have this done on my new boy when he is older as I think it may help the breed as a whole for future. He is very healthy although young (6 months) but I think cavalier owners need to start thinking of the breed as a whole. Also, if I waited until he was 3 to scan would he need to be rescanned again as an older dog? Assuming he is clear.

13th December 2010, 04:41 AM
The neurologist who does the scan will grade it. If you get a digital copy dr rusbridge will grade them also for a reasonable fee (50, I believe, could change in the future).

And don't forget to submit scans for the research project!

13th December 2010, 02:35 PM
When is a good age to do this? Chamberlain is only four months old, but I am intrested in getting all of the scans done.

13th December 2010, 03:28 PM
Clare Rusbridge recommends to do it at 12 months, 2 1/2 and 6 - obviously that might not be practical over in the US, the 6 year old scan is actually the most valuable one [hence Rupert's Fund paying for older dogs to be scanned].

Obviously if you are planning to breed then you need to scan at 2 1/2 before going ahead [and do hearts eyes etc]

13th December 2010, 03:37 PM
I heard that Dr. Marino at LIVS does full scans for $500. This is from the website..

Low cost screening of COMS (Chiari malformation) is being offered at LIVS. http://www.livs.org/Images/Post-op-cranioplasty-front-view2.jpgThis program for breeders ($500. per dog in groups of 3) includes a neruological evaluation, a Spiral CT scan, an MRI, BAER testing and a Thermography scan. Copies and/or reports of any previously performed MRI's should be brought in at time of screening.
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Initial results of the screening tests will be presented orally, before discharge by a member of the Surgery/Neurology department. Written discharge instructions will be given as well. When grading scale has been finalized in 6-8 weeks by Dr. Dominic J. Marino, in conjunction with Dr. Clare Rusbridge, a written summary will follow. Breeding recommendations will then be offered based on a protocol devised by Dr. Rusbridge depending on grading results."

He gives grades and it is in "conjunction with Dr. Clare Rusbridge". My friend was talking about him this weekend and I asked if the $500 was just for breeders and she said no. This is different than the website. However, I know he gives grades and the cost is really low especially for a full scan. I know in my city it is $1000 for breeders and is not a full scan.

13th December 2010, 03:38 PM
Here is the link.


13th December 2010, 03:55 PM
There is a list of reduced-fee MRI clinics in the US on the Internet at http://www.cavalierhealth.org/syringomyelia.htm#Reduced_Rate

14th December 2010, 04:24 AM
thanks for all the replies....you guys went well above what I expected and I love the link to the lowcost MRI scannings. I just saw there is a place that is easier for me for travel. Very nice.