Ultrasonography uses high frequency sound waves which are transmitted from a transducer (probe) into the patient. The characteristics of the tissue, muscle, tendon or bone influence the returning energy back to the transducer. The reflections are processed into an image which is viewed on the screen.
Ultrasound can help to better identify problems (i.e., thickened small intestine, tendon lesion) and understand the extent of many injuries, which helps guide diagnosis, treatment, time off, and prognosis.
- An ultrasound machine with multiple probes is used depending on the area being examined.
- The equipment used by Performance Equine Veterinary Service is a portable Sonosite M Turbo unit.
- This equipment counts with a battery unit which permits exams to be performed in the farm and even in the pen if neccesary, which avoids the transportation of your horse.
Performance Equine Veterinary Service counts with the probes necessary to perform the following procedures
- Reproductive breeding exam (cycle check mares, pregnancy exams)
- Masses (abscesses, tumors, foreign bodies, puncture wounds)
- Colic: identify cause of colic (twisted small intestine, enteritis, colitis)
- Chest: fluid in chest, pneumonia