MRI and CT are advanced imaging techniques where a three-dimensional image is obtained of both the bone and soft tissue.
Our veterinary assistant Sarah Jooken guarantees high-quality images and great support. The images are read by Dr. Marieke Zimmerman, who has her residency in Lyon and Dr. Cecile de Guio (ECVDI-LA Diplomate | DG Vet Imaging).
A CT scan of the head is carried out on a standing sedated horse, while for a scan of the horse’s neck and legs, the animal is put under general anaesthesia. A CT scan gives us a very detailed three-dimensional image of the bone, and also of the soft tissue when contrast media are used.
A CT scan of the head can be used for horses with teeth problems, sinusitis, swellings in the head and/or neurological symptoms. As this scan is carried out in the horse standing, the horse is ready to go home about one hour later.
A CT scan of the neck is used for horses with neck stiffness, performance problems, unexplainable front leg lameness and ataxia. For ataxic horses a myelogram with injection of contract material can be used to detect compression of the spinal cord.
Images can be obtained of the legs of the horse up to the shoulder on a front leg, and up to the hip on a rear leg. This enables identification of injuries to the bone and soft tissue that are not visible using traditional methods. Moreover, using our high-speed CT scanner, it is possible to obtain a picture of the complete leg, or even several legs, for horses with multiple problems in 1 or more legs.
Ultrasound Tissue Characterisation (UTC)
It provides added value when following up tendon injuries so that during rehabilitation we can determine when the load on the tendon can be increased. UTC also plays a role in preventive medicine as weaker zones in the tendon can be identified at an early stage and injuries can then be prevented.
It can also provide additional insight into the horse’s health in a pre-purchase examination.