Diagnostics

Equinosis Lameness Locator

DIAGNOSTICSThe Lameness Locator® is a system that enables a veterinarian to objectively identify lameness in a horse. The system provides an analysis that indicates whether the horse is lame, an amplitude of the severity of the lameness, the limb or limbs involved, and the part of the motion cycle at which peak pain is occurring (impact, mid-stance, or push off). Three wireless sensors, weighing less than 25 grams each, are attached to the horse with specially designed attachment accessories. One is attached to the poll, one to the right front pastern and one to the top of the pelvis. These sensors sample motion at 200 times per second, capturing subtle differences in movement that may be difficult to discern with the naked eye alone. The system objectively detects and quantifies body movement asymmetry in a horse and communicates, via bluetooth, to custom written software on a hand-held tablet PC.

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Instrumentation of the horse is quick, easy and completely non-invasive. Data collection is in real time and our veterinarians are free to perform their lameness evaluation routine without distraction. Results are provided immediately following evaluation, indicating the presence or absence of lameness, severity of the lameness, the limbs involved and the type of lameness.

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EklIN Mark V

This digital radiographic unit distinguishes itself from other digital units because it has a full 14” x 17” sensor cassette panel that allows the user to take digital images of larger areas on the horse like shoulder, neck, pelvis, chest, abdomen, etc.

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Images of a right shoulder and left shoulder (image on right side) demonstrate a subchondral bone defect in the right shoulder that is likely due to a subchondral bone cyst.

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Images of the neck obtained in the standing position on a 2-yr-old horse that was grade 2/5 ataxic.
There were no significant abnormal findings identified on these radiographs.

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For more information please visit: http://www.soundeklin.com/products/digital-x-ray/equine/mark-v

Standing Equine MRI

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Consider MRI in these Situations:

  • Chronic lameness has been localized to the foot or in the distal limb by nerve block
  • Radiographs are negative or equivocal
  • Nuclear scintigraphy is being considered – or is negative
  • Access by ultrasound is difficult or impossible
  • For penetrating injuries needing urgent attention
  • After acute onset of lameness during exercise
  • To monitor treatment and healing before returning to work

How Does it Work:

  • Scanning takes place in a special screened room
  • A strong magnetic field and short pulses of radio waves are applied to the limb and the weak resulting radio echo is used to create the image
  • Signals from different substances differ, allowing fat (e.g. in bone) and water (e.g. edema) to be distinguished
  • No ionizing radiation is used and there are no known hazardous biological side effects

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Benefits of MRI

  • High quality images of bone and soft tissue
  • The only technique that distinguishes between the many causes of palmar foot pain
No need for general anesthesia in most cases
  • Eliminating mortality risk
  • Allowing day-patient scheduling
  • Preferred by owners and trainers, particularly for elite sports horses

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Saving you Time and Money

Clear diagnosis:
  • Eliminating unnecessary and costly repeat tests and rest periods
  • Allowing precise targeting of treatment
Rapid diagnosis:
  • Eliminating the risk of further damage during the conventional cycle of block-treat-rest-reexamination

What is the Procedure?

  • The shoes are removed from both front or hind feet
  • The horse is sedated, walked into the room, and one leg placed in the scanner
  • The operator aligns the scanner with the injury site
  • Many images are collected, possibly including those of the contralateral limb for reference
  • After 1-2 hours the horse is walked out of the room, and if necessary, allowed to recover from the sedative
  • A professional interpretation and written report follows in a few days

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