Glastonbury CT Vet

Equine Radiology

Beckett & Associates is equipped with state of the art digital radiology equipment.

Beckett & Associates offers the latest in digital radiology. Our in house digital x-ray system can take both large 10 x 14 films, as well as the smaller 8 x 10 films. We also have a portable digital x-ray system for use on farms. Digital radiographs allow our doctors to diagnose problems quickly; leading to faster, more effective treatment. Digital radiograph technology also allows our doctors to consult with specialists on certain cases and allows us to send copies of your animal's radiographs with you for your records.

 

Ultrasound for Equine Patients

CT Animal Ultrasounds

Our doctors may recommend an ultrasound for your horse to get a better evaluation of the extent of an injury, the stage of a "heat" cycle or pregnancy, or to further evaluate colic. Often, we get questions about why this is better than a radiograph ("x-ray" picture), or how it works.

Ultrasound, as the name suggests, uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image, based on how much the material being examined changes the sound as it passes through. Unlike radiology, which is great for looking at bones and air-filled structures, ultrasound is most useful in looking at "soft tissue", which includes most of the internal organs (liver, kidneys, etc) and tendons and ligaments, as well as differentiating between fluid and solid tissue. Bone and air obscure ultrasound images, so its use is limited in the chest by air in the lungs, and in some part of the body where bone closely overlies other tissues, such as the skull or pelvis.

Ultrasound lets us measure the size of follicles on an ovary, evaluate their structure, and identify isolated or focal lesions that may occur with some infections or cancers within the uterus. In addition, because ultrasound lets us examine structures in "real time", it can be used to guide some types of tissue biopsy and fluid collection for laboratory evaluation.

Tendons and ligaments are frequent areas of injury in the horse. These structures can be better evaluated using ultrasound. This from of imaging can help determine the extent of damage and allow us to give a better prognosis as well as monitor healing.

One other major use of ultrasound is examining the heart. With echocardiography, we can observe the motion of the chambers and valves of the heart, and determine whether blood is moving normally through the heart. The doctors may recommend this test if they here a heart murmur.

We have a portable ultrasound machine that can be taken on the road with us. The two probes we have allow is to perform both rectal ultrasounds and superficial soft tissue evaluations including tendon and ligament ultrasounds. We work with a board-certified radiologist who performs ultrasounds when small structures, such as adrenal glands, are in question. She also performs more in-depth cardiac evaluations.