View Full Version : handheld MRIs and better x-rays?

8th November 2005, 04:50 PM
This is part of the editorial on a human SM information site -- I hadn;t heard about either of these dveelopments:

A research group from Princeton recently announced a breakthrough which may lead to cheap, hand-held MRI's. Imagine how much more quickly Chiari would be diagnosed if front-line physicians could quickly, cheaply, and easily scan the brain and spine. Also recently, there has been a renewed focus on a specific type of x-ray, known as phase contrast x-ray, which is incredibly accurate (more so than MRI's) at imaging soft tissue, and is cheap as well.

From http://www.conquerchiari.org/subs%20only/Volume%203/Issue%203(10)/Editorial%203(10).asp

Sounds promising!

8th November 2005, 10:16 PM
Very interesting Karlin, I wonder if the hand held MRI's would still need the dogs anaesthetising?
If immobility is the name of the game, how will they achieve that with a hand held device I wonder? however, great news if it brings the cost down.

9th November 2005, 09:15 PM

Can you post this to the CKCS-SM board? This sounds promising.


19th November 2005, 05:09 PM
I agree with Ruth, it sounds really interesting but what if the dogs still have to be kept immobile? I will freely admit that MRI's scare the hell out of me. I have had to have a few myself and just going into that tunnel makes me panic.

I do see being advertised on the tv now though, an open scanner :D - how brilliant is that?

Maybe they could just give the dogs a light sedative instead of a general anaesthetic?

19th November 2005, 09:53 PM
Skerritt uses a light anesthetic and not a full general. You are right about the mobility -- what can be used for people might not work for dogs!!