Uwagie-Ero and Awasum, 2017

Sokoto Journal of Veterinary Sciences, Volume 15 (Number 3). December, 2017


The challenges and limitations of magnetic resonance imaging technique in veterinary curriculum and clinical practice in Nigeria


EA Uwagie-Ero1* & CA Awasum2


1.                  Department of Veterinary Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Benin, Nigeria


2.                  Department of Veterinary Surgery, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria






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As veterinary practice advances globally, the outcome of most treatments depends largely upon appropriate definitive diagnosis. Over the years projection radiography was the main imaging technique being utilised for radio-diagnosis of clinical conditions that would give the 2D images of a 3D structure and had narrow exposure latitude. However, with the advent of modern diagnostic techniques, such problems have been largely resolved. There are a number of imaging techniques like ultrasonography, computed tomography, nuclear medicine scintigraphy and magnetic resonance imaging that are currently available for clinical veterinary diagnosis. Each with its strengths and weaknesses. More than one technique therefore, may be used to compliment or supplement the findings of other techniques to arrive at a final diagnosis. The modern imaging diagnosis though well established in developed countries across the globe, it is yet to be embraced or remains in its infancy stage in veterinary curriculum and practice in Nigeria; due to heavy initial investment and maintenance costs, lack of professionals, requirements of specialized skilled technical staff to manage the machines and the need for adjustable machines to accommodate the different species of animal. This study presents a brief review and update of the development, challenges and status of a diagnostic imaging technique – Magnetic Resonance Imaging in veterinary medical curriculum and practice in Nigeria.

Keywords: Clinical practice, Challenges, Limitation, Magnetic resonance imaging, Nigeria

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