Dr. Silverman uses various methods of diagnostic imaging to aid in the treatment of injuries or lameness. Diagnostic imaging uses high-energy modalities which allow the veterinarian to visualize body tissues. The modalities include digital radiography, digital ultrasonography, magnetic resonance imaging, and nuclear scintigraphy.
Digital radiographs are a common diagnostic tool used in the veterinary field. The use of this noninvasive diagnostic tool provides useful information to aid in evaluation and treatment. Dr. Silverman is equipped with a portable digital x-ray system which allows for the immediate viewing of images in the field.
Digital Ultrasonography is a diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize internal soft tissue structures, such as tendons, ligaments, and muscle. Dr. Silverman is equipped with a portable ultrasound machine which allows for immediate viewing of images in the field. The images can be recalled at a later time for either further evaluation or comparison to subsequent scans.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging technique providing a powerful aid in the diagnosis and treatment of lameness or lower limb injuries. A standing MRI unit is utilized for this technique.
Following a thorough lameness exam, Dr. Silverman may recommend a Nuclear Scintigraphy study, also known as a “Bone Scan.” A bone scan will look at the entire skeletal structure of your horse.
Resource: What is Nuclear Scintigraphy?