Radiographs (also called x-rays) provide an in-depth, noninvasive look at a horse’s bones or organs. Radiography can be used as the first step for a radiologist to make a diagnosis based on a patient’s clinical signs.
Animal Imaging has equipment to obtain diagnostic images of the larger areas of the horse, including the head, spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar, or sacral), pelvis, thorax, and abdomen.
Common reasons for Radiographs
- Lameness localized to a specific region as determined by lameness examination
- A follow-up to a previous imaging modality (such as Nuclear Scintigraphy)
- Respiratory disease
- Chronic colic
- Neurologic disease (including the spine and myelography)
- Back and pelvic pain
What to Expect
Radiographs can be scheduled as an appointment and acquired while you wait or you may drop your horse off with us if more convenient. A sedative will be administered prior to acquiring the radiographs, which allows your horse to be relaxed and remain as still as possible while we acquire the images. Once all images have been obtained, a brief waiting period of 20-30 minutes is needed for the sedation effects to wear off for a safe trailer ride back home.
Following the radiographs, one of our board-certified radiologists will review all the images and submit a final report within 24-48 hours of the exam. The report and clinical findings will then be sent to the referring veterinarian. Clients should follow up with the referring veterinarian for explanation of results and information on treatment or management.
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