Veterinary ultrasound is a valuable imaging tool which has many uses. It is routinely used to monitor broodmare reproductive cycles, for equine pregnancy detection (including twinning), and late pregnancy. It has also proved to be very useful for diagnosing and evaluating a number of conditions including joint, tendon, muscle and ligament injuries and is effective for monitoring the healing process in such cases. Additionally it can be used for evaluating abdominal pain (tumours, cysts and abscesses), anatomical swellings, or for cardiology examinations.
Ultrasonographic examination is a technique whereby sound waves are emitted by a transducer (probe) and transmitted into the tissues. The waves pass through water unimpeded but 'echo' back after hitting denser tissues. The echoes are received by the probe and converted into a screen image, which reflects the densities and positions of the tissues.
There are four ultrasound machines, including a rectal ultrasound machine currently available at the Diagnostic Centre. Three rooms are dedicated for ultrasound examinations, which are equipped with non-slip rubber flooring and stocks.
Our ambulatory practitioners have access to mobile digital ultrasonography equipment.