Oregon State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine will formally dedicate its new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine today, adding to the suite of instrumentation it has for treating animals.

The MRI will enable clinicians to conduct sophisticated imaging of an animal’s internal organs, spinal cord, ligaments and tissues, enabling veterinary doctors at OSU’s Lois Bates Acheson Teaching Hospital to better diagnose and prescribe treatment for animals suffering conditions from cancer to neurological disease.

The instrument will be used primarily for dogs and cats, but it also can accommodate small horses, camelids, sheep and goats, according to Susanne Stieger-Vanegas, a radiologist in the OSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

A reception is scheduled for 4:15 p.m. today at the hospital, located in Magruder Hall on 30th Street, just south of Washington Way in Corvallis.

The reception, which is open to the public, will honor Stan and Judy Stearns of Gig Harbor, Wash., who donated the MRI to the college. Stan Stearns is the founder and president of Valco Instruments Company, and he and his wife also created the Gabriel Institute to support bone cancer research in honor of their Saint Bernard, which died of the disease.

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