Diagnostic ultrasonography was introduced in the early 1980s as a practical imaging modality to evaluate soft tissue injuries of the equine limb. It continues to be used extensively for evaluation of tendon and ligamentous structures, and to identify, confirm, and monitor soft tissue injury. The basic objective of an ultrasonographic evaluation is to characterize the morphological changes in the soft tissue structures and bony surfaces of anatomic areas of interest that may not be as efficiently evaluated using other imaging modalities. Using unltrasound, size, shape, echogenicity (whiteness or brightness of a structure), fiber pattern, and surrounding inflammatory reaction of almost any structure can be recorded and evaluated. Ultrasonography findings are reviewed carefully in conjunction with clinical examination, radiographic finding, bone scans, and MRI to come to the proper musculoskeletal diagnoses of our equine athlete patients.
At Virginia Equine Imaging, high resolution musculoskeletal ultrasound is a speciality. Dr. Allen was one of the first users of musculoskeletal ultrasounds and continues to speak nationally and internationally on the art of ultrasonography. Virginia Equine Imaging has extremely high resolution ultrasounds that produce top quality diagnostic images using specialty probes. The images can be stored electronically or printed on hi-res paper for distribution
Some Indications for Ultrasonographic Evaluation Include:
Diagnosis of soft tissue injuries including muscular, vascular, tendon, tendon sheaths, ligament, joint capsule, or bursal defects
Assessment of fluid accumulation
Evaluation of joint and bony surfaces
Monitoring of the healing progress
Monitoring of the effect of training on soft tissue structures, especially tendons and ligaments
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