Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has revolutionized both human and veterinary health care. Neurological diseases such as brain inflammation, stroke, and certain tumors are being recognized and treated at an increasing rate thanks to this modality. Even animals with common diseases, like disk herniation have benefited from MRI as it allows for non-invasive diagnosis and enhanced detection of areas of spinal cord compression. While MRI certainly has the capacity to improve medical care, it is a difficult technology to harness and use appropriately.
The Diagnostic Imaging and Cancer Treatment Center at Texas A&M is a state of the art facility with diagnostic and treatment capabilities never before possible in one location. The facility is fully equipped with a Tomotherapy Unit, a CT Scanner, and a 3 Tesla MRI Unit. Tomotherapy can be used to treat many cancers, some of which would have been difficult or unsafe to treat with conventional radiation. Tomotherapy is a quick and painless process, with daily treatments that usually take about 20 minutes.