Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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Equine Navicular Disease

January 01, 2011

The navicular bone, a small, boat-shaped bone nestled deep in the protective womb of the hoof, only measures approximately 6 cm wide and 2 cm deep (top to bottom) in an average 1,200-pound horse, so how can such a small bone be such a nuisance?... Read More

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Laminitis Diagnosis and Treatment

September 21, 2010

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Laminitis Lowdown

August 01, 2010

The laminitis mystery is far from solved, but researchers continue to discover new clues about its causes, treatment, and prevention. Laminitis, an often devastating hoof disease that can strike horses of any breed without warning, is a major issue... Read More

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Lameness: Getting to the Bottom of It

April 01, 2010

Pinpointing lameness in horses is crucial before proper treatment can be prescribed. There are several approaches to lameness examinations and diagnostic methods, which will be partly determined by the age of the horse and what it does for living.... Read More

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New MRI for Horses Available at Florida Vet School

November 04, 2009

A new clinical imaging system in place at the University of Florida (UF) Veterinary Medical Center will enable veterinarians to obtain diagnostic images of previously inaccessible and larger parts of the body, such as the upper legs of horses... Read More

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Michigan State Unveils Large-Animal Open-Bore MRI

September 19, 2009

Michigan State University's (MSU) College of Veterinary Medicine is now armed with what it says is the first large-animal, open-bore MRI ever at an academic institution, a move that will allow veterinarians to tackle research questions and... Read More

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The Well-Equipped Vet

August 01, 2009

Vets can better diagnose problems in our horses because of the array of equipment they have in their arsenals.... Read More

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LSU Veterinary School Offers MRI for Horses

May 14, 2009

The LSU School of Veterinary Medicine recently acquired a Hitachi Echelon 1.5 Tesla MRI unit. This is the first and only high field MRI unit in the state of Louisiana for veterinary use. Since March 30, the LSU Veterinary Teaching... Read More

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Diagnosing Lameness Early

May 01, 2009

How can you tell if your horse is just starting to go lame?... Read More

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Navicular Bursa Injections (AAEP 2008)

March 30, 2009

When a horse has pain in the rear half of the foot, injection of the navicular bursa (sac cushioning the navicular bone from the deep digital flexor tendon) is often considered as a treatment option. Corticosteroids (to control inflammation)... Read More

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AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More

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Hope for Navicular Horses

September 01, 2008

Know the injury to your horse's foot before calling it "navicular."

In earlier years, a diagnosis of navicular disease was often considered career-ending for a horse. Chronic lameness was typical, in spite of therapeutic... Read More

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Diagnosing Horse Health Problems

August 15, 2008

Equine experts at the 2007 AAEP Convention discussed numerous diagnostic topics.... Read More

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MRI for Diagnosing Sesamoidean Ligament Desmitis

April 28, 2008

The high degree of detail seen with MRI has made it possible for veterinarians to find equine injuries they've never seen before. One example of this--MRI evaluation of desmitis in the oblique and straight distal sesamoidean ligaments--was discussed.... Read More

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Review of Available MRI Systems

April 26, 2008

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a very powerful tool for imaging limbs and even heads of horses to detect injuries and other problems. However, not all MRI units are created equal; differences in field strength affect their price tags and... Read More

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Diagnosing Upper Cannon Area Injuries

April 21, 2008

Pain originating in the upper cannon bone area, just below the knee or hock, is common in all types of equine athletes. However, it can be difficult to determine exactly what structure is injured; some injuries can only be seen with high-field MRI.... Read More

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A Clearer Picture (Imaging Technologies)

April 01, 2008

Advancements in imaging technologies make diagnoses easier.

For decades veterinarians have relied upon a number of different imaging tools, from radiographs to ultrasonography, to diagnose lameness, pregnancy, and... Read More

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Hitting the Road for Education

February 01, 2008

Take more than 1,000 veterinarians and veterinary students from around the globe, some armed with presentations representing thousands of hours worth of equine research, and add to it some tartan, bagpipes, and Scottish fare. Drop it all into a... Read More

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BEVA 2007: Students Win Clinical Research Awards at BEVA

January 10, 2008

Each year at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress (BEVA), the organization awards prizes to top student presentations in the clinical research portion of the program. The 2007 award winners’ talks were both rooted in orthopedics,... Read More

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Diagnostic Imaging for Lameness

May 01, 2007

There was a time when diagnosing lameness was basic-watch the horse travel, determine where you think the problem might be, and take a guess at what's causing it. Then came X rays, ultrasound, CT (computed tomography) scans, scintigraphy (bone... Read More

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Veterinary News and Awards

March 23, 2007

A recap of the veterinary news and awards from the 2006 AAEP convention in San Antonio, TX. ... Read More

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Navicular Disease: MRI Provides New View

March 16, 2007

A large group of horses that developed clinical signs of navicular disease during the six months prior to exam were scanned with MRI. These horses demonstrated typical signs of bilateral forelimb lameness, sensitivity to hoof testers over the middle... Read More

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Better Diagnosis of Bone and Soft Tissue Injuries Through MRI

February 08, 2007

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive imaging technique that has been used for human diagnosis since the 1980's but is a relatively new diagnostic tool in treating horses. It provides incredibly sharp and detailed pictures of soft... Read More

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Veterinarians Use MRI to Diagnose Navicular Injury

October 18, 2006

Magnetic resonance imaging was important in making an accurate diagnosis and yielded evidence that navicular bone injury, even in the absence of radiographic evidence of a fracture, should be considered as a differential diagnosis for horses... Read More

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Animal Health Trust to Install Standing MRI

September 30, 2006

The Animal Health Trust in Newmarket, England, has announced that it will be acquiring a standing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit to expand its equine diagnostic capabilities.

"In 2000, a high-field MRI scanner was installed at th... Read More