We offer both conventional film and digital radiographs at our clinic and on the road. All of our ambulatory vehicles are equipped with x-ray machines to take conventional x-rays. The digital unit is used primarily in the clinic, but can be taken out to farms if facilities and weather conditions permit. The digital x-ray provides an immediate, high definition image. Digital radiography is particularly sensitive for picking up subtle changes that may not always be seen on conventional film. If your horse has digital radiographs taken, we can burn a CD of the images for you to take home.
Ultrasound is a non-painful, non-invasive imaging modality that allows examination of the internal structures of the body. We have two digital ultrasound machines available for in-clinic or on-farm use. These machines provide excellent image quality. Our veterinarians use ultrasound for soft-tissue imaging (most often tendon and ligament), reproductive work, work up of internal medicine cases, and to evaluate any “lumps or bumps” that have appeared on your horse. One machine in particular has a cardiac probe which can achieve images of deeper structures including the heart, chest, abdomen (including kidneys, liver, umbilicus, small intestine and large intestine).
Our flexible endoscope allows us to visualize structures in the upper airways, guttural pouches, esophagus and trachea. This can be particularly useful to diagnose why a horse makes a particular sound when breathing, or to investigate where nasal discharge is coming from.
Gastroscopy is the only definitive method to diagnose gastric ulcers in the horse. Horses at high risk of developing gastric ulcers are under competitive stress and are usually show horses or race horses. OVLAC is equipped with a 3 meter endoscope, which allows full visualization of the horse’s stomach. The patient must be fasted for at least 12 hours to ensure the stomach is empty.