Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is now equipped with the first large-animal magnetic resonance imaging machine ever at an academic institution, a move that will allow veterinarians to tackle research questions and greatly impact both animal and human health.

The MRI, which recently became fully operational and has a 70-centimeter opening that is nearly 50 percent larger than the standard MRI, will allow doctors and researchers at the college to analyze larger animals like cows and horses. Just as important, says diagnostic imaging section chief Anthony Pease, will be the ability to study and interpret the images they receive.