DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING CENTER:
Advancing in Diagnostic Imaging Technologies
Over the past 20 years advances in diagnostic imaging technologies have been remarkable in the veterinary field. In the equine veterinary field especially, these advances are enabling practitioners to more accurately diagnose and treat not only lameness and sports medicine issues but also medical conditions. Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital is proud to offer our clients the following diagnostic imaging technology:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resconance Imaging or MRI is currently considered the gold standard for diagnosing injury in equine sports medicine. It is rapidly gaining popularity by both veterinarians and horse owners alike as they recognize the value in an early and accurate diagnosis of an injury. An MRI not only gives clear viewing of bone and soft tissue but it also allows 3-dimensional viewing of the area of concern, so severity of the injury can be accurately determined. The Hallmarq® MRI used at Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital has the unique ability to image horses both standing and under general anesthesia. In equine sports medicine, an early and accurate diagnosis with an MRI can lead to improving a horse's long-term athletic soundness and reducing their time out of work.
We have come a long way from the era of traditional film radiography. Today we have the ability to take x-rays and read the images immediately. Digital x-rays provide a higher level of resolution and detail so small lesions can be seen more easily. These digital images can be magnified and manipulated to obtain a thorough evaluation of the lesions. Digital technology gives us the opportunity to image areas, such as the back and neck, which were previously difficult to visualize.
This technology is available not only in the hospital but also in the field. This is highly beneficial for pre-purchases and in the event of emergency lameness issues where a fracture can be ruled out immediately. It is also a great tool to assist farriers in trimming horses' feet with issues such as laminitis, so your farrier can immediately see how much hoof can be removed to better balance your horses foot.
Learn more about Digital Radiography.
Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital is proud to offer the most advanced ultrasound technology both in our hospital and in the field. Our in-hospital unit can image any part of your horses body - literally. The high resolution probes allow superior visualization of small tendon and ligament lesions, and they also aid in ultrasound guided injection of a variety of internal structures. This advanced equipment allows us to image deeper into the abdomen to evaluate organs such as the kidney, liver and heart. When imaging the heart, the availability of color flow doppler helps to monitor the directional flow of the blood.
We also offer the same high quality diagnostic capabilities in the field, with the exception of certain internal structures such as the heart which requires an in-clinic appointment.
MRI Equipment: With an open, standing MRI system to pinpoint the source of your horse's pain, we are able to better diagnose the problem.