Digital radiography (x-ray) has revolutionized equine medicine. Radiographs highlight bone changes such as arthritis, fractures, or osteochondrosis (OCD lesions), allowing us to quickly and easily diagnose potential causes of lameness and bone abnormalities. Digital radiography allows us to view the images immediately, retake images, or take additional views quickly if needed. The images produced by digital radiography are of much better quality than film radiographs and can be manipulated digitally, giving us the best possible radiographic information to find the diagnosis.
Ultrasound uses sound waves to offer a non-invasive, painless, and radiation-free method of imaging your equine’s internal organs, tendons, and ligaments. Compared to radiographs, ultrasound highlights soft tissue changes such as tears in a tendon or ligament. This can be used to diagnose an injury, but also in advanced management of an injury and to guide you and your horse on the track to recovery. Ultrasound can also be used to guide technical joint injections such as cervical spine (neck), lumbar spine (low back), and the sacroiliac joint (SI). Ultrasound is also useful in diagnosing masses or lumps. This can be used not only externally but internally as well.