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Equine Wellness Magazine features Thermography article by Dr Joanna Robson
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Our Client Reports contain detailed graphic interpretations of our scans and veterinary evaluations conducted by InterpretIR, a network of farriers and veterinarians specializing in Thermography and affiliated with Integrated Equine Infrared.
Diagnostic imaging modalities may be divided into anatomic
and physiologic. Anatomic imaging such as x-ray, pinpoints anatomic structures affected, but only gives a static image of the disease process and does not have the ability to see soft tissue conditions.
Thermal imaging is a physiologic imaging modality which detects changes in blood flow and metabolism, and has the ability not only to see tissue conditions but can also recognize areas that are indicative of anatomical issues.
Equine Thermal Imaging is:
In the image above, Thermal Imaging detected nerve damage in the Right Front Leg in a horse that showed no lameness or diagnositc changes in this affected leg, but which had been demonstrating compensatory lameness in the Left Front Leg.
Used extensively in the equine world since the 1996 Olympic Games, infrared
thermal imaging inspections are a safe, cost effective, quick and non-contact
method of examining a horse to identify and locate the source of problems or
Infrared thermal imaging is a complementary tool to be used in conjuction with your veterinarian's services. It is beneficial for use in these 3 areas: Preventative Screening, Diagnostic Identification & Treatment Monitoring.
• Source of non-specific lameness
• Miscellaneous strains, sprains and injuries
• Circulatory problems
• Suspensory ligament tears
• Tendon tears
• Nerve damage
• Sacroiliac problems
• Kissing spine, other primary spinal lesions
• Cervical problems
• Musculoskeletal injuries, pulls, tears, strains, avulsions
• Damage from ill-fitting saddles and tack, imbalanced riders
• Hoof problems – ringbone, laminitis, imbalanced hooves
In the image above, Thermal Imaging was used during a live action assessment on a horse with non-specific hind end lameness. A stifle lesion was identified while the horse was being lunged.