Veterinary Imaging of the Chesapeake
808 Bestgate Road
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone: (410) 224-0121 - ext 8


Here at Veterinary Imaging of the Chesapeake, we understand that you may have a lot of questions when considering and MRI for your pet. The answers provided here are intended to give you a better understanding of our protocols and procedures, as well as provide you with peace of mind that the health and safety of your friend are our top concerns.

We are open for imaging Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm.

You will be given a scheduled drop off time when you make your appointmet. The drop off times are intended to ensure that our staff has enough time to adequately evaluate your pet on the day of the scan and to make sure that all of the necessary pre scan testing has been completed.

Due to the use of anesthesia for the MRI, we require that all of our clients have radiographs of their chest, blood work and the placement of an IV catheter prior to the MRI.

Despite what you may have seen on television or read on the internet, there are no inherent risk factors associated with Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI does not utilize ionizing radiation as in CT and X-ray, nor does it have the potential to remove metallic objects from the patient's body.

There are many variables that dictate the duration of an MRI, including the region being scanned and the size of the patient. Exams tend to run between 30 minutes and 2 hours depending on these variables. This being said, the duration can change during the exam based on our preliminary findings.

Some of the MRI studies that we perform include imaging of the: Brain and Face, Spine, Joints, Long Bones, Vascular systems, Abdomen, and Lungs.

The cost of an MRI is based on the plan set forth by your attending veterinarian. This price includes the cost of the MRI, anesthesia and a Radiologist's interpretation of the exam. All questions regarding cost should be discussed with your attending veterinarian prior to the MRI.

A typed radiologist's report on the exam will be ready 24 to 48 hours from the completion of the exam.

Yes, you can request a CD copy of the images to take with you, and the report will become part of the patient's permanent record once it is available.

To ensure the safety of your pet, as well as our staff, we can not allow any one to accompany their animal into the MRI facility. We make every attempt to reduce potential distractions to ensure that the health and safety of the patient is never compromised.

If there is any other information you would like to see listed here, please let us know so that we can continue to better serve our clients in the future. You can email your comments to