At the clinic, a dedicated room is used for radiography, enabling high energy and high quality images to be taken, using a gantry mounted camera, large generator and computed radiography system. These images are then automatically loaded onto our computer system allowing the images to be viewed and modified and the intricate detail of each bone studied, in minute detail. These images are then archived and attached to the horse's computerized medical record.
Whilst radiography of the horse has some limitations, particularly in areas of the body with significant soft tissue coverage e.g. the pelvis and lower back, it remains the most frequently used diagnostic tool in identifying most bony orthopaedic injuries e.g. fractures or joint injuries.
- Injectable iodine-based contrast agent allows further information regarding the soft tissues can also be obtained e.g. following a wound tract to determine if it communicates with a joint.
- Barium meals to assess oesophageal function in horses with recurrent bouts of choke.
- Myelograms which are performed to determine if spinal cord compression is occurring in horses with suspected cervical vertebral malformation ('Wobblers Syndrome').