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More than a machine: Veterinary MRI is a life saver

dog upsidedown in mriPULLMAN, Wash. – After noticing an odd lump on his dog’s head in the spring of 2013, Joel Greenhalgh of British Columbia, Canada took Mr. Bear, a then 11-year-old Australian Shepherd-Rottweiler mix, to his local veterinarian. 

At first the advice was to watch and see, but when it didn’t go away, his veterinarian took a biopsy. Mr. Bear had cancer.

The Canadian oncologist referred Mr. Bear to WSU. Neurologist Dr. Annie Chen and veterinary student Beryl Swanson at the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital, examined Mr. Bear and got him in right away for an MRI.

The WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital is the only place in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada that offers high-field MRI that can accurately diagnose patients large and small. The nearest comparable MRI machine is more than 800 miles away from Pullman. WSU Vetmed website.

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