In recent years, technology has transformed what is possible in human and equine medicine. With its unparalleled commitment to standard of care, Moore Equine offers these cutting edge technologies to clients:
Digital Radiography – We offer state-of-the-art digital radiography both within our hospital and on the farm, through the use of 4 portable digital radiography units. Digital radiography provides several advantages over conventional film radiography, including improved image quality, ability to see the results immediately, and computer-based image enhancement, storage, and transmission.
Nuclear Scintigraphy– Commonly referred to as a “bone scan,” nuclear scintigraphy has the sensitivity to diagnose injuries that cannot be detected by x-rays. Examples include stress fractures, pelvic injuries, spinal injuries, chronic ligament injuries, and arthritis. Nuclear scintigraphy is very useful for evaluation of injuries or lameness where:
- the diagnosis has not been clear with other imaging methods
- the source of lameness cannot be localized because it is high up the leg
- there is subtle lameness or reduced performance that cannot be localized to any specific location
- there may be multiple sources of pain or injury
Nuclear scintigraphy is routinely performed on human patients worldwide. The scan is performed with the horse standing and moderately sedated. It takes approximately 4 hours for image acquisition and 2-3 hours for image evaluation. The horse is kept in an isolation stall for 48 hours after isotope administration in order for the radioactivity to disappear, so the whole procedure requires a 3 day hospital stay.
Diagnostic Ultrasonography – Diagnostic ultrasonongraphy is our most useful tool for the non-invasive evaluation of soft tissue structures, everything from the heart to the small intestine to the cartilage in a joint. We have 6 portable ultrasound units with varying capabilities and a large in-hospital unit. We have a diagnostic spectrum ranging from 3.5 megaHertz (mHz) probes for evaluation of large, deep structures such as the heart or abdominal viscera to 15 mHz probes for fine, high detail assessment of ligaments and tendons. Ultraonography is vitally important in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injury, lameness, routine reproductive evaluation, emergency colic cases, cardiac disease, respiratory disease, and an ever expanding number of medical applications.
Endoscopy – We offer portable fiber-optic endoscopy and in-hospital video endoscopy services. These tools allow us to evaluate areas such as the respiratory tract, esophagus and stomach, urethra and bladder, and uterus. Usually these procedures are performed on the standing, sedated horse. Our videoendoscope is equipped with a monitor that allows the client to see these anatomical structures during the exam, which helps to strengthen the client’s understanding of the nature of their horse’s condition.
Gastroscopy – Gastroscopy is the only reliable method of diagnosing gastric ulcers, a common condition in horses who are subjected to stresses such as racing, intense competition, transport, and recovery from disease or injury. We have a specialized 3 meter long videoendoscope, long enough to enter and fully evaluate the interior of the horse’s stomach. This process is performed on the standing and sedated horse and is well tolerated by the patient. This is an important diagnostic tool as gastric ulceration is often mis-diagnosed (ie. horses with eating or digestive disturbances are believed to have ulceration when none exists).