Our goal is to take the highest quality images for interpretation by our network veterinarians. And we need your participation to make this happen! So, you will be provided with simple, but very important, directions to follow to prepare your horse.
Here’s what you need to know: During these scans we are using a high-powered thermal imager that receives and processes infrared radiation given off by the target, in this case your horse, in order to generate a thermogram. This image, essentially a ‘heat image’, depicts different color tones that correspond to the distribution of infrared radiation over the surface of the target.
Since every item on earth generates infrared radiation and...since, ideally, we only want our Infrared camera to capture radiation emitted by your horse, it will be important that you minimize ‘extra items’ on your horse’s surface that would also be giving off radiation. These ‘extra items’, called artifacts, might include things like fly spray, liniment, hoof oils, dried mud, sweat, your hand prints (really!) etc. Our Network Veterinarians who will analyze the images of your horse and issue the Veterinary Interpretation in our Client Report are trained to 'look past' these anomolies, but 'clean' images of your horse will make their job easier!
So, to enable you to maximize the quality of your images, once you have scheduled your scan, we will provide you with detailed instructions to help you to prepare both your horse’s body and the scan location at your barn. The kinds of things you will be asked to do, you already do with your horse.
Horse Preparation – The "Do" List:
Horse Preparation – The "Don’t" List:
Scan Location Preparation Notes: