Ultrasonography (Ultrasound) Services for Horses in Brisbane, Ipswich and Lockyer Valley
Ultrasound is extremely beneficial in diagnosing soft tissue injury.
Capable of visualising deep tissues without overheating the skin’s surface, ultrasound is used for diagnostic purposes.
Ultrasound can be used to penetrate soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments, providing a clearer image than digital radiography (x-ray) to diagnose common problems, such as tears, which lead to poor performance and, at times, require a lengthy recovery.
What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a form of medical imaging. Using high frequency sound waves, the ultrasound device creates an image of an area inside the body.
While it can be used on joints, just like digital radiography (x-ray), it is far more effective in visualising soft tissue structures, such as muscles, tendons, ligaments and organs. Unlike digital radiography, ultrasound doesn’t produce radiation, which can be harmful if exposure is prolonged.
What is the advantage of ultrasound?
Ultrasound is superior to digital radiography when attempting to visualise soft tissues, such as muscles, tendons and ligaments. Put simply, it provides a veterinarian with a clearer image of these, sometimes deep, internal structures, than that offered by digital radiography alone.
In addition, ultrasound may be used in the treatment of injury. Formerly, other items like heat pads, hot water bottles and heat lamps were used to create a warming effect at the site of injury to stimulate healing, but they have significant limitations in comparison to ultrasound.
What does the procedure involve?
Your horse will remain standing throughout the entire procedure. If they show any signs of distress or discomfort, a light sedation will be administered. The area to be assessed will be clipped and prepared, then our portable ultrasound machine will be used to capture an image of the underlying soft tissues.
Is the procedure invasive?
Not at all. Ultrasound is performed at the skin’s surface. Further, it can be performed safely at our clinic and in the field using our state-of-the-art portable technology. Ultrasound is performed while your horse remains standing and only light sedation is administered to your horse if required.
Your Next Steps
If you suspect your horse is lame, call us on (07) 5411 4554 to speak with a qualified veterinarian.