Ultrasound is a pain-free, totally non-invasive technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a real-time image. It is particularly useful in viewing soft tissues such as tendons, ligaments, muscles and even eyes. HEHC utilizes digital ultrasound technology allowing us to save scans so that we monitor changes over time or share images with colleagues.
Tendon and ligament injuries are relatively common among equine athletes. Horses engaged in strenuous work such as racing, jumping, endurance or barrel-racing are more likely to sustain a tendon or ligament injury. However, injuries can and do occur in horses of all breeds and uses, including the backyard or light use horse.
When should an ultrasound examination be performed?
- Swelling, heat, or sensitivity of any tendon or ligament
- Joint swelling without radiographic explanation
- Lameness localized to a specific region
- Monitor tendon and ligament healing throughout rehabilitation