Fractures are a common occurrence in horses of all ages and breeds but the development of various imaging modalities over the past ten years is helping significantly to advance management techniques. The Equine Veterinary Journal’s (EVJ) new online collection, with an introduction from imaging expert Renate Weller, new President of the British Equine Veterinary Association, showcases the diagnostic imaging breakthroughs that are helping to identify causes, support prevention and improve fracture outcomes.
The collection of 13 articles is entitled ‘Advances in Diagnostic Imaging: Fractures Online Collection’ and is free to access for one year. It includes two publications by Rossdales authors:
A longitudinal study of fractures in 1488 Thoroughbred racehorses receiving intrasynovial medication: 2006–2011 (Smith LCR, Wylie CE, Palmer L, Ramzan PHL). This study has addressed the shortfall of knowledge on the association between intrasynovial medication and fracture risk. The study concluded that 3% of horses suffered serious injury following medication and that greater use of pre-medication diagnostic imaging may reduce injury rates.
Unicortical condylar fracture of the Thoroughbred fetlock: 45 cases (2006-2013) (Ramzan PHL, Palmer L, Powell SE). Condylar fractures of the distal metacarpus are an important cause of fatality in Thoroughbred racehorses. This study concludes that veterinary vigilance and timely intervention may considerably reduce the risk of catastrophic injury during racing.
“The advancement of imaging modalities over the past ten years has significantly improved the management of equine fractures,” said Celia Marr, editor of the EVJ. The articles included in this fascinating collection not only highlight the current scope of diagnostic imaging for a range of equine musculoskeletal conditions but also clearly indicate its potential in continuing to improve clinical assessments, treatment and outcomes.”
The new collection is available free online at: https://bit.ly/2zQHKCp
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