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The ultrasound machine produces high frequency sound waves that penetrate the structures being imaged. The reflective properties of the bones, tendons, and ligaments are different. The reflected waves form am image, which is used most often to visualize soft tissues. Ultrasound images need to be of good quality and the veterinarian familiar with the area being imaged, to avoid misdiagnosis.
X-rays penetrate the bone to form a digital image. Radiographs show bone cysts, arthritis, fractures and other bony problems. Digital radiographs appear instantly on the screen at the time of examination and are very high quality. They can also be sent via email or on a CD.
Stomach ulcers are suspected frequently in poor performance and chronic colic. To make a diagnosis, the gastroscope, which has a small camera, is passed through the horse’s nose and down their esophagus into the stomach for the direct visualization. The horse needs to be held off feed overnight in order to see all parts of the stomach that may have ulcers. The most effective ulcer therapy is Gastoguard/Ulcerguard, which is expensive, so a proper diagnosis is recommended. If ulcers are not found, further investigation into the cause of the problem can be performed, saving valuable time.
Upper Airway Endoscopy
The endoscope is passed through the horse’s nose to visualize the pharynx, larynx, trachea and guttural pouches. When a horse exhibits an intolerance to or has problems breathing during exercise; an upper airway endoscopy should be performed to correctly diagnose the cause and recommend treatment. An endoscopic examination is also performed during many pre-purchase examinations, as well as to investigate chronic nasal discharge or incidences of nose bleeds.
Radiographs taken by another veterinarian can be sent electronically for one of our veterinarians to review and give a second opinion.