ULTRASONOGRAPHY IS AN INVALUABLE DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING MODALITY UTILISED MAINLY FOR ASSESSING SOFT TISSUE STRUCTURES, JOINTS AND BONE SURFACES
Ultrasonographic examination of tendons and ligaments is commonplace in equine practice, allowing us to diagnose injury in these structures and monitor healing.
Additional uses for ultrasonography in the orthopaedic assessment of our equine patients are to assess bone surfaces and cartilage within joints. Ultrasonography can also be used to enable accurate injection of therapeutic substances into joints or areas of injury.
Our veterinarians at Bourton Vale are able to perform ultrasonography both on-site at your premises or at the clinic.
Ultrasonography is also used to assist reproduction; to evaluate brood mares’ reproductive cycles, pregnancy detection and twinning.
Ultrasonographic assessment of internal organs also forms part of the diagnostic process of many medical and colic cases, being useful for detecting abscesses, cysts or tumours in the abdomen and evaluating gut wall thickness. Cardiac ultrasonography can be performed to assess heart valves, size and blood flow dynamics.