Recent News for Diagnostics and Technology

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MRI Reveals Heel Problems

September 01, 2004

A word about how MRI works is appropriate before launching into a discussion of the foot and problems that can occur in the heel area, because MRI has opened the door to a better understanding of foot conditions in general.... Read More

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Equine Podiatry: Gaining a Foothold

August 01, 2004

The reason for this is that equine podiatry is still in its infancy, and while there are a lot of very intelligent people working to better understand the horse's foot, it's still a very complex structure with no real analogue in the human physique, ... Read More

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Ulcer Diagnosis Simplified With Sucrose

July 22, 2004

Diagnosing equine gastric ulcers might soon be a procedure that's short and sweet. Until recently, ulcer detection depended on using an endoscope to peer at the stomach lining. Now, a team of researchers at Texas A&M University, led by Noah... Read More

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New Method for Lyme Disease Diagnostics

July 16, 2004

Horse owners will now be able to know the results of a Lyme disease test within minutes instead of having to wait for as long as a week. A new test, the Snap 3Dx assay, to confirm Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative bacterial agent for... Read More

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The Live Equine Heart: A First Look (video incl)

July 12, 2004

On July 9, a human interventional cardiologist and an equine veterinarian in Lexington, Ky., successfully completed the first step of a landmark procedure to repair a heart problem in a 5-month-old Thoroughbred foal called a ventricular septal defect... Read More

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Advanced Diagnostics

June 01, 2004

Lameness is one of the most common problems encountered in equine veterinary medicine. The majority of lameness cases are localized to areas within the distal limb; however, the sources, causes, and locations of lameness are diverse. The cause o... Read More

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Measuring Hemoglobin and Red Blood Cells in the Field

June 01, 2004

Many equine illnesses and injuries require rapid determination of blood's oxygen-carrying capacity. Hemoglobin (Hg) can be measured, and packed cell volume (PCV) can be estimated, providing a good indication of how much oxygen can circulate.... Read More

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Lameness Diagnostics

June 01, 2004

Quite often, the diagnostic tools and techniques at the disposal of your mobile veterinary service are all that are needed to solve the mystery. Some horse owners have been through this routine a time or two: Your vet will ask to see your horse... Read More

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Equine MRI Opens New Frontier in Lameness Diagnosis and Treatment

May 14, 2004

The first "standing" magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine for horses in the United States arrived at Equest Imaging in San Diego County's San Marcos early this year. In use at four clinics in the U.K. and Germany, the state-of-the-art,... Read More

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Pursuing Hope

May 01, 2004

Referral centers are godsends to the equine community. Often housed in state-of-the-art buildings, featuring the latest in scientific technology and equipment, and manned by specialists, referral centers offer a strong ray of hope when the best... Read More

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Educational Event after Rolex Thursday April 22

April 21, 2004

Spectators at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington and area horse owners will have the opportunity to hear about some of the latest veterinary technologies for the sport horse from top veterinarians on April 22 after the first day of... Read More

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Gait Monitoring System Introduced

April 13, 2004

Farriers got an eyeful of what the future might hold for them at the highest levels of equestrian sport at the American Farrier's Association (AFA) Convention, held in March 2004 in Rochester, New York. This future is specialized video monitorin... Read More

Compression of the spinal cord, whether because of misaligned or malformed vertebrae or some other problem, causes the distinctive "wobble" of wobbler syndrome. This compression injures or kills the nerves that are responsible for sensing the position of the limbs. This, of course, leads to the lack of awareness that causes clumsiness and incoordination.

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What's Wobbler Syndrome?

April 01, 2004

Wobbler, also known as wobbles, takes its name from its primary sign--a wobbling or uncoordinated gait. ... Read More

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Neonatal Ultrasonography

March 09, 2004

Using ultrasound to diagnose problems in the horse is not a new concept, but it is not as often used in foals as it is in mares. Rob Franklin, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM, of the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Victoria, Australia, discussed... Read More

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A Prosthetic Eye for the Horse

March 01, 2004

Using ocular ultrasonography, he was able to diagnose complete retinal detachment with a large retinal tear. Because of the grave prognosis for recovery of vision, enucleation (removal of the eye) was recommended.... Read More

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Lameness (AAEP Wrap-Up)

March 01, 2004

"The foot is involved, either directly or indirectly, in the large majority of lameness cases," said Ric Redden, DVM, founder of the International Equine Podiatry Center in Versailles, Ky.... Read More

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AAEP 2003: Kester News Hour

February 18, 2004

With researchers worldwide working on solutions to various horse health problems, there is a veritable mountain of information being published continuously. Much of this information is included in AAEP convention presentations, but some of this... Read More

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Safety Issues of Shock Wave Therapy

February 17, 2004

There's been a lot of speculation about the analgesic effects of extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) and radial shock wave therapy (RSWT)--no one has identified the duration or mechanism of analgesia. ... Read More

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MRI in Navicular Horses

February 03, 2004

"MRI has proven to be a valuable tool for making specific diagnoses in horses with performance-limiting lameness problems," he stated. "Navicular disease is one of the most common causes of performance-limiting lameness in many types of... Read More

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Ultrasound Examination of the Shoulder

February 03, 2004

"The results of this study strongly support the use of ultrasound to diagnose soft tissue and bony abnormalities of the entire shoulder region," Whitcomb stated. She also noted that lesions of the infraspinatus tendon and bursa had not previously... Read More

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Ultrasound Diagnosis of Pelvic Fractures

February 03, 2004

"Ultrasound was the sole means of diagnosis (of pelvic fracture) in 13 horses and was corroborated by nuclear scintigraphy or radiography in the remaining 15 cases," Almanza said. "Ultrasound was able to provide excellent detail of the bony contours... Read More

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MRI of the Distal Limb

February 03, 2004

"We believe that this technique (MRI) could revolutionize the assessment of certain musculoskeletal lesions of the distal limb," Mair said. "MRI has many advantages over other conventional imaging techniques. MRI does not use ionizing radiation... Read More

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Oxygen Therapy for Horses

February 01, 2004

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy involves treating an injured or sick horse in a pressurized oxygen chamber.... Read More

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Aging Changes in Muscles

February 01, 2004

The results of EMG analysis on muscle groups in the shoulder revealed that MUAP duration and amplitude were significantly lower in the youngest horses compared to the adult and senior groups.... Read More

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy: Healing Under Pressure

February 01, 2004

HBOT is one of the most powerful tools available as an adjunctive form of therapy, and in some cases it works well as the primary therapy in horses, says Casner. Colic and laminitis are the number one and two killers, respectively, of horses... Read More