The Barn Equine Surgery | Diagnostic Imaging
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Services, VETERINARY & SURGICAL

Diagnostic Imaging

Scintigraphy (Bone Scanning)

We installed the Equine Scanner Scintron from Medical Imaging Electronics in January 2007. This is a brand new gamma camera system that is completely mobile enabling us to acquire better images much faster. It also has revolutionary motion correction software that allows us to carry out dynamic image acquisition. This avoids the possibility of false diagnosis caused by swaying motion during static acquisition.

Nuclear Scintigraphy has provided us with a method to accurately quantify a number of conditions seen in horses. The ability to confirm a likely diagnosis reached by other means enables a more informed decision as to what treatment is indicated. Colleagues will appreciate that scintigraphy offers an excellent diagnostic tool in cases of suspected pelvis and back problems as well as in needle shy horses.

Indications for Scintigraphy;

  • Stress fractures
  • Back and pelvic problems
  • Multi limb lameness
  • Localised lameness of unknown origin
  • Horses with attitude!

 

Radiography

Two portable DR x-ray machines capable of imaging thoracic spine, head, stifles. Also a clinic based Agfa CR x-ray machine and processing system with high definition large screen monitor. All of the equipment has been purchased/replaced in 2016.

Ultrasound

Four diagnostic ultrasound machines – portable unit for mare reproductive and mobile tendon and lameness work, and a larger clinic based unit for high quality tendon/limb work and abdominal/chest/heart scanning. Two machines were purchased in 2016.

Arthroscopy

Diagnostic surgical arthroscope (‘keyhole’ surgery for diagnostics and treatment of joint and tendon diseases) with video monitor and recording,

Endoscopy

Two flexible fibre optic endoscope for upper respiratory tract investigations.

Oroscopy

We are able to perform oroscopy both in-house at the practice and out on the yard. Our oroscopes allow a very thorough and detailed visual examination of the oral cavity and occlusal surface of the teeth to be performed, allowing identification, investigation and treatment of pathology, such as diastema, periodontal disease, infundibular caries, dentinal defects, fractures and soft tissue masses.

Oroscopy enables owners to view any pathology present on a separate screen or tablet, allowing for increased understanding when it comes to decision making with treatment options and for being involved in monitoring progress.

Gastroscopy

3.5 meter digital gastroscope that enables us to examine the stomach and first part of small intestine in even the largest of our patients.