Whether your horse is exhibiting symptoms of illness, recently injured, or is due for a basic health screening or lameness examination, veterinary diagnostics are essential tools in providing the most appropriate veterinary care and treatment regimens designed to meet each individual horse’s unique needs.
Equine Imaging, including radiographs and ultrasounds, are noninvasive forms of imaging that have taken great leaps in technology over the past few decades. These images are detailed and available immediately for review at the time of the appointment. For difficult cases or for a second opinion on these images they can be digitally shared with a board certified radiologist. They are also easily emailed to the client after the appointment.
Equine Radiology Services at Jackpot Veterinary Center
Our equine veterinary center is equipped with a variety of tools needed to perform ultrasounds and take digital radiographs.
What Is Radiography?
Radiography is the study of radiographs (also called x-ray images), which are pictures of a patient’s internal structures that are taken using short bursts of x-ray radiation.
At Jackpot Veterinary Center, we have a modern digital radiograph system that is much safer for our patients, as it requires a much shorter exposure time to x-ray radiation. Additionally, digital radiographs are instantly available to view and share, which means we can usually take radiographs and diagnose your horse during a single appointment.
What Is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is another type of diagnostic imaging that produces a moving, real-time picture (like a movie) called an ultrasound or sonogram. Ultrasonic imaging uses high-frequency sound waves that permeate a patient’s tissues and bounce off of internal structures. These readings are then interpreted by a sonogram machine and translated into an image of a patient’s internal structures.
This imaging is great for looking at soft tissue structures and performing guided injections into soft tissue lesions, spaces or joints.