Diagnostic ultrasonography has proven to be a powerful tool in veterinary medicine. As a practice, one of our goals is to offer state of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing, so we are pleased to offer ultrasonographic services as a means of providing a higher level of quality care to our equine patients.
Ultrasonography is a type of diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. This means that when we perform ultrasonography, we can see internal images of the patient’s body. Unlike some other imaging studies, like x-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture of what is inside a horse’s body.
Ultrasonography is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases. An ultrasound machine generates ultrasound waves. The machine is connected to a small probe that is held gently against a horse’s skin (or sometimes inserted into the rectum, when necessary, to evaluate a structure in that area). The probe sends out painless ultrasound waves that bounce off of structures such as tendons and returns to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine.
The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected “echoes” and uses them to generate images that are viewable on a screen. Ultrasonography can be used to (1) evaluate joints, tendons, and ligaments, (2) assess fetal health and monitor pregnancy in breeding mares, and (3) help diagnose problems with internal organs, such as pneumonia, heart disease, and gastrointestinal disease.
We are proud to provide digital radiography services with our Sound-Eklin digital machine which produces superior images.
Radiographs are an important tool that can help us make a correct diagnosis for your pet. Our digital radiology service is staffed by caring, skilled professionals who will provide state-of-the-art care.
Endoscopy has proven to be a powerful diagnostic and therapeutic tool in veterinary medicine.
As a practice, we consider it a goal to offer state-of-the-art medicine and diagnostic testing, so we are pleased to offer endoscopy as a means of providing a higher level of quality care to our equine patients.
A fiber optic endoscope is a long, narrow tube with a tiny camera at the tip. An endoscope can be rigid or very flexible, depending on what procedure will be performed. It can also be sterilized so that it can safely be inserted into the body.
An endoscope can be used to examine the upper airway, guttural pouches, esophagus, and stomach (gastroscopy). Endoscopy/gastroscopy provides us with a full-color, magnified view of the area of interest. Additionally, endoscopic procedures are non-invasive or minimally invasive.
We strive to offer our equine patients the highest level of medicine and we are glad to be able to offer endoscopy as one of our diagnostic procedures.