Anymore, you cannot practice quality medicine on horses without an array of tools at your disposal. We are pleased to have the following (and the list keeps growing!)
Digital X-Ray's / Radiographs
WCEH utilizes two (2) Digital Radiography systems. With the use of a portable x-ray generator, most regions of the lower limb (stifles, hocks, fetlocks, pasterns, elbows, knees, feet) can be imaged immediately on the farm if an appropriate electric source is available.
We are also pleased to annouce the purchase of a portable neck and back x-ray plate. With this new technology we can now view those locations of the horse at your property!
Although design to be portable, the electronics in these machines are sensitive to dust, moisture and electrical power surges. If your facility cannot accommodate these needs you may be asked to transport the horse somewhere more suitable, our clinic or sometimes simply a neighbors barn.
Our high-output Siemens X-ray Generator is too large to use anywhere but at our facility. This x-ray generator is used to image the equine shoulder, neck, withers, and some regions of the lumbar spine. It can also be used to image the abdomen (looking for sand impaction) or chest (evaluation for advanced pneumonia).
We are using the Siemens Generator to x-ray a horse’s neck and back.
Tremendous advances have been made in ultrasound evaluation in the equine patient. With the proper machines, probes and training, most areas of the equine skeleton and several internal organs can now be evaluated in this non-invasive way.
We have two (2) digital ultrasound units. A small portable Sonovet 2000is used primarily for lower limb evaluation and evaluation of reproductive organs, such as pregnancy evaluation in mares. A larger, less-portable Medison Pico is used for more detailed evaluation of the skeletal system and internal organs of horses. In order to image all these regions, we sometimes used several different low-to-high frequency probes. We have two probes for the Sonovet and four different probes for the Pico ultrasounds.
Strained Tendon in Front Leg.
Thermography of the equine musculoskeletal system has come of age. Although this technology at one time was relatively unavailable, thanks to advances in other industries (primarily housing and home-inspection), thermography units are now small, portable, hand-held units. We utilize aFLIR Thermography Camera to identify areas of inflammation and altered blood flow in the horse’s body. Sometimes it gives additional information that supports our diagnosis; other times it gives us information we could harvest in no other way, such as evidence of bruising and muscle contusions under a horse’s coat.
This equipment is highly sensitive. Should you be interested in an evaluation utilizing Thermal Imaging, it is important that the horse’s coat is clean from mud, poultice or other debris, that bandages and boots are off all limbs, and that the horse be evaluated in a draft-free environment and shaded environment (breezes, fans and radiant solar heat alter the images).
The thermal camera is so sensitive. Do you see the handprint on this dog’s side where we touched him a second ago?
This horse had a tibial stress fracture, detected with thermal imaging and confirmed with an x-ray.
Endoscopy has been utilized for many years to evaluate the upper airway in horses. We have a small 8 mm external diameter upper airway endoscope that we utilize to evaluate this region in horses. The small diameter of this endoscope assures that we can access this region in even the smallest pony or foal without too much discomfort to the patient.
A specialized 3-meter length gastroscope is used to image the stomach of the horse to diagnose equine gastric ulcer syndrome and occasionally a foreign object or gastric tumor. The additional length is necessary to reach the equine stomach and to be able to image all regions of the upper duodenum and pyloris. When a gastroscope is schedule, Dr. Durando she brings her own 3-meter gastroscope to perform these examinations.
An arthroscopic camera is used to image the interior of a horse’s joint surface during joint surgery.
The images are sent to a large monitor for ease of viewing
This is damaged cartilage within the joint, viewed with the arthroscopic camera.