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Computed radiography offers the most current technology providing a highly-refined image which can be digitally enlarged and enhanced to reveal problems that cannot be identified using less advanced imaging or traditional x-ray technologies. Images are filed with patient records and are available electronically, making it easier for the veterinarian, owner and trainer to communicate.
The addition of Digital Radiography to our practice will complement our Computed Radiography by allowing doctors to take images on the road and look at those images instantly. Images are taken on a plate and then transferred through a cable to a viewing screen on site. The image can then be seen, enlarged, and manipulated.
Using advanced ultrasound equipment, our doctors can assess soft tissue images with great detail and clarity including evaluation of tendons, ligaments and internal organs. Doppler blood flow analysis and echocardiography are available. The use of ultrasonography is imperative for accurate diagnosis in colic patients where swift intervention often offers the best chance of survival.
Echocardiology is the use of an ultrasound machine to obtain images of the heart and areas of the cardiovascular system. Doctors at New England Equine Practice can now image blood, and use Doppler to calculate things such as the velocity of blood moving inside the heart. Another benefit of the addition of cardio program to our Ultrasound is we can now take EKG’s quickly and easily here at the clinic. Overall, having a better picture of your horse’s cardiovascular system allows our doctors to more accurately detect and describe diseases that may be present.
Nuclear scintigraphy is a tool primarily utilized for evaluation of occult lameness or lameness difficult to isolate with diagnostic anesthesia. It provides a physiological assessment of the condition and will augment and solidify the certainty of diagnosis. Information is analyzed in a digital computerized format allowing for more in-depth study.
Endoscopy, Gastroscopy and Laparoscopy
Video endoscopy is used to evaluate disorders in regions difficult to access in a minimally invasive nature: including the upper airway, urinary bladder, thorax and upper gastrointestinal tract. The video endoscope is equipped with a monitor allowing the client to see these anatomical structures to allow the owner better appreciation of the nature of their horse’s condition. Video copies are made for medical records, referring veterinarians or clients.
Gastroscopy allows veterinarians to view the inner lining of the esophagus, stomach and proximal small intestine to detect gastric ulcers or associated problems. With gastric ulceration disorders there may not be outward signs of this career-limiting condition other than slight change in attitude or performance. If ulcers are detected, treatment can be discussed depending upon their severity.
Patterson Veterinary MRI and New England Equine Practice introduce the Equine Dynamic Laryngoscope
We are proud to provide the equine dynamic laryngoscope to allow for comprehensive and accurate diagnosis of upper respiratory disease. Until now, horses suffering from poor performance or making an unusual respiratory noise could only be evaluated endoscopically pre-and post exercise or on a treadmill under endoscopic visualization. Because many types of upper airway dysfunction are only seen during representative exercise, standing endoscopy often could not reproduce the underlying problem. Treadmill limitations occurred because head and neck positioning often were different from those seen during work. At last, the dynamic scope will allow for complete visualization of the upper airway while performing all types of equine athletic disciplines.
The new Equine Dynamic Laryngoscope allows the veterinarian to see into the upper airway of the horse. It is lightweight and compact. The unit requires little space on the saddle itself which is independent of the rider, and the endoscopy portion fits snugly around the horse's head with an adjustable halter and quick release.
During the exam, the Laryngoscope uses a xenon light scope and an adjustable scope attachment to take high quality digital videos of the upper airway, showing items such as the movement inside of the airway. This digital media can be downloaded and stored accordingly allowing the veterinarians to make conclusive decisions regarding the horse's respiratory tract.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI
Our MRI is performed by Patterson Veterinary MRI, a partnership housed under the same roof as New England Equine Practice.