Neurology

All IndyVet specialists have received four or more years of post-doctorate training prior to board certification. This training and experience allows our specialists to manage and treat a wide variety of complex diseases and conditions in collaboration with general practitioner colleagues across the state of Indiana. This collaborative approach to case management allows us to provide the most versatile care for patients.

The goal of neurology at IndyVet is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients with nervous system diseases. Dr. Mossine’s goal is to educate families regarding the complexities of the nervous system so they can make informed decisions on how to help their pets improve or resolve their nervous system disorders. Her objective is to manage cases only as long as required to identify and resolve the neurologic crisis and to work in conjunction with the referring veterinarian on needed follow-up patient care.

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Neurology

All IndyVet specialists have received four or more years of post-doctorate training prior to board certification. This training and experience allows our specialists to manage and treat a wide variety of complex diseases and conditions in collaboration with general practitioner colleagues across the state of Indiana. This collaborative approach to case management allows us to provide the most versatile care available.

The establishment of IndyVet Neurology as a separate clinical department with the addition of a 1.5T high field MRI occurred in 2018 in order to deliver better and more advanced care to patients. The goal of neurology at IndyVet is to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients, their families, and to referring veterinarians. Dr. Mossine’s goal is to educate clients regarding the complexities of the nervous system so they can make informed decisions to help their pets improve or resolve their nervous system disorder. Her objective is to retain patients only as long as required to identify and resolve the neurology crisis and to subsequently work in conjunction with the referring veterinarian on needed follow up care.

If you need to reach us via email, please see the link below.  In addition, we have two downloadable brochure links where you can learn more about our neurological offerings and our state-of-the-art MRI technology:

Email Neurology
Neurology Brochure
Hallmarq MRI Brochure

All About MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is a safe and non-invasive imaging technique that enables many diseases of the nervous system to be diagnosed accurately and rapidly. MRI also provides excellent detail for pre-operative planning for many neuro-surgical conditions. IndyVet utilizes the Hallmarq PetVet 1.5T high field MRI specifically designed for veterinary use. The unique dual coil system of the PetVet MRI provides a significant boost in signal intensity across larger body regions allowing fast scan times and pristine images of unparalleled diagnostic quality. IndyVet is proud to be the first to have this superior veterinary MRI system in the Midwest.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field to align the usually randomly oriented atomic nuclei of hydrogen atoms in the patient’s body. A radio frequency (RF) pulse is then applied forcing the spinning hydrogen protons in the nucleus to wobble. Once the RF pulse is turned off, the wobbling hydrogen protons return to equilibrium generating a small electrical signal. This very small signal, detected by coils positioned as close to the area of interest as possible, is converted into the MRI image. The rate at which the protons return to their equilibrium state distinguishes different body tissues.

MRI is particularly well suited for examining brain and spinal cord injuries, tendon and ligament injuries, as well as other soft tissues.

For some patients, an MRI may be the only imaging option, while for many others it may be a better imaging option than CT or digital x-ray. In general, an MRI offers these advantages:

  • Safe and non-invasive
  • High accuracy, sensitivity, and specificity for many conditions
  • Enables early detection of disease
  • More cost-effective than combining various alternative diagnostics
  • Allows multiple planes to be imaged without the need to reposition the patient
  • Provides excellent detail for pre-operative planning for surgical conditions

Even when reaching a diagnosis may be possible through an alternative route, an MRI is often quicker, provides greater detail, and enables a more informed treatment plan to be made.

Patients that require an MRI scan, especially neurology cases, can quickly become unstable. It is critical that the necessary diagnostic tools are available and can be carried out swiftly.

Our on-site MRI is available seven days a week. Our diagnostic imaging specialists work closely with all of our doctors to provide rapid interpretation of results 24 hours a day.

No matter what day of the week or time of day a patient arrives, IndyVet will be able to manage the case quickly.

Our Doctor

Our Neurology Team

Kelli Mossine, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Melissa Ely, Technical Assistant
Kayleigh Howell, Technical Assistant

What We Do

IndyVet was the first veterinary hospital to offer in-house CT scans in the greater Indianapolis area. Our 24-hour access to high quality imaging allows us to diagnose and treat complex problems associated with the brain, spinal cord, spine, abdomen, chest, and pelvis. Our 8 slice per rotation scanner generates extremely fast image acquisition and reconstructions. This allows us to perform high speed studies requiring only sedation rather than anesthesia.

MRI is a safe and non-invasive imaging technique that enables many diseases of the nervous system to be diagnosed accurately and rapidly. MRI also provides excellent detail for pre-operative planning for many neuro-surgical conditions. IndyVet utilizes the Hallmarq PetVet 1.5T high field MRI specifically designed for veterinary use. The unique dual coil system of the PetVet MRI provides a significant boost in signal intensity across larger body regions allowing fast scan times and pristine images of unparalleled diagnostic quality. IndyVet is proud to be the first to have this superior veterinary MRI system in the Midwest.

The brain and spinal cord are bathed in a clear fluid that nourishes the tissue, carries away waste products, and acts as a shock absorber. Through careful collection and laboratory analysis of small amounts of cerebral spinal fluid, many inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord can be diagnosed and successfully managed.

Diseases of the nerves and muscles may require biopsy samples to diagnose the specific condition that is causing weakness, atrophy, or sensory deficits. A carefully obtained sample of muscle and/or nerve will not impair function of the sampled tissue and can be invaluable in diagnosing neuromuscular diseases.

Surgery is required to manage many neurologic conditions. Herniated discs of the neck or back that are causing severe pain, weakness, or paralysis are candidates for surgical intervention. Structural abnormalities of the spine causing vertebral instability, fractures of the spine, vertebral malformations, and congenital spinal cord conditions may also require surgery. Some tumors of the brain and spinal cord are best managed with surgery.

Many diseases of the nervous system are treated with medications to improve, manage, or resolve the condition. Epilepsy, for instance, can be managed with medications to resolve or reduce the frequency of seizures. Infections or inflammatory conditions of the brain, spinal cord, nerves, or muscles are commonly responsive to medical management, resolving all symptoms. Some tumors of the nervous system are not operable, but can be managed with medication for a significant period of time.

IndyVet uses rehabilitation therapy to help patients recover following successful treatment with medicine or neurosurgery. Patients with nervous system disease commonly experience weakness, atrophy, or incoordination. These conditions resolve much faster and more completely with rehabilitation. Consequently, rehabilitation is commonly prescribed as a necessary treatment to get the patient fully recovered. Rehab therapy includes laser, deep tissue ultrasound, electrostimulation, underwater treadmill, as well as special stretches, exercises, and acupuncture administered by IndyVet staff. This coordinated effort allows patients treated at IndyVet to have the best opportunity for rapid recovery.

Our Neurology Team in Action

All About MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI is a safe and non-invasive imaging modality that enables many pathological changes of the nervous system to be diagnosed accurately and rapidly. MRI also provides excellent detail for pre-operative planning for many neuro-surgical conditions. IndyVet utilizes the Hallmarq PetVet 1.5T high field MRI specifically designed for veterinary use. The unique dual coil system of the PetVet MRI provides a significant boost in signal intensity across larger body regions allowing fast scan times and pristine images of unparalleled diagnostic quality. IndyVet is proud to be the first to have this superior veterinary MRI system in the Midwest.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field to align the usually randomly oriented atomic nuclei of hydrogen atoms in the patient’s body. A radio frequency (RF) pulse is then applied forcing the spinning hydrogen protons in the nucleus to wobble. Once the RF pulse is turned off, the wobbling hydrogen protons return to equilibrium generating a small electrical signal. This very small signal, detected by coils positioned as close to the anatomical area of interest as possible, is converted into the MRI image. The rate at which the protons return to their equilibrium state distinguishes different body tissues.

MRI is particularly well suited for examining brain and spinal cord injuries, tendon and ligament injuries, as well as other soft tissues.

For some patients, an MRI may be the only imaging option while for many others it may be a better imaging option than CT or digital x-ray. In general, an MRI offers these advantages:

  • Safe and non-invasive
  • High accuracy, sensitivity and specificity for many conditions
  • Enables early detection of pathological changes
  • More cost-effective than combining various alternative diagnostics
  • Allows multiple planes to be imaged without the need to reposition the patient
  • Provides excellent detail for pre-operative planning for many surgical conditions

So even when reaching a diagnosis may be possible through an alternative route, an MRI can often help establish a diagnosis quicker, while providing greater diagnostic detail and enabling a more informed treatment plan to be made.

Patients that require an MRI scan, especially neurology cases, can quickly become unstable. This makes it critical that the necessary diagnostic procedures are available when needed and can be carried out swiftly.

Our on-site PetVet system is available seven days a week. What’s more, our in-house diagnostic imaging specialists work closely with all of our specialists to provide rapid interpretation of results 24 hours a day.

This means that regardless of which day of the week or time of day you make a referral is made, IndyVet can ensure cases will be managed quickly.

Our Doctor

Our Neurology Team

Kelli Mossine, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology)
Melissa Ely, Technical Assistant
Kayleigh Howell, Technical Assistant

What We Do

IndyVet was the very first veterinary hospital to offer in-house CT scans in the greater Indianapolis area. Our 24-hour access to high quality transverse imaging allows us to diagnose and treat complex problems associated with the brain, spinal cord, spine, abdoman, chest and pelvis. Our 8 slice per rotation scanner generates extremely fast image acquisition and reconstructions allowing us to perform high speed studies requiring only sedation rather than anesthesia.

MRI is a safe and non-invasive imaging modality that enables many pathological changes of the nervous system to be diagnosed accurately and rapidly. MRI also provides excellent detail for pre-operative planning for many neuro-surgical conditions. IndyVet utilizes the Hallmarq PetVet 1.5T high field MRI specifically designed for veterinary use. The unique dual coil system of the PetVet MRI provides a significant boost in signal intensity across larger body regions allowing fast scan times and pristine images of unparalleled diagnostic quality. IndyVet is proud to be the first to have this superior veterinary MRI system in the Midwest.

The brain and spinal cord are bathed in a clear fluid that nourishes the tissue, carries away waste products, and acts as a shock absorber. Through careful collection and laboratory analysis of small amounts of cerebral spinal fluid, many inflammatory diseases of the brain and spinal cord can be diagnosed and successfully improved or resolved.

Diseases of the peripheral nerves (nerves departing the spinal cord) and muscles may require biopsy samples of the nerve and muscle to diagnose the specific condition that is causing weakness, atrophy, or sensory deficits. A carefully procured sample of muscle and peripheral nerve will not impair function of the sampled muscle. Through an array of complex staining procedures and / or electron microscopy, the nerve and muscle biopsy can be invaluable in diagnosing neuromuscular diseases.

Surgery is required to manage many neurologic conditions. Herniated discs that are causing severe pain of the neck or back with weakness, or paralysis are candidates for surgical intervention to resolve the condition. Structural abnormalities of the spine causing vertebral instability, fractures of the spine, vertebral malformations, and congenital spinal cord conditions can also require surgery to correct the disorder. Some tumors of the brain and spinal cord are best managed with surgery.

Many diseases of the nervous system are not surgical and are treated with medications to improve, manage, or resolve the condition. Conditions such as seizures that are identified as being due to epilepsy can be managed with medications to resolve or reduce their frequency. Infections or inflammatory conditions of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerves, and muscles are commonly responsive to medical management allowing a complete recovery from symptoms. Some tumors of the brain and spinal cord not operable can also be managed with medication for a significant period of time.

IndyVet uses rehabilitation therapy to assist patients successfully treated with medicine or neurosurgery to recover. Patients with nervous system disease commonly experience weakness, atrophy, or incoordination that requires address to allow the patient to recover function. With rehabilitative therapy recovery will be much faster and more complete than allowing the patient to try to get stronger by themselves. Consequently, rehabilitation is commonly prescribed as a necessary treatment to get the patient fully healed. Rehab actions include, laser therapy, deep tissue ultrasound, neuromuscular electrostimulation, underwater treadmill, and special stretches and exercises administered by IndyVet’s rehabilitation staff. This coordinated team effort allows patients treated at IndyVet to have the best opportunity to have a rapid recovery.

Our Neurology Team in Action

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