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With our recent acquisition of a state of the art "MYLAB 30″ Ultrasound machine, our scope in ultrasonography has increased dramatically. The Mylab has windows based software which allows us to easily store images on computer.

This unit provides excellent image quality for both equine tendon scanning as well as small animal abdominal and thoracic examination.

Equine Tendons

Injury to the flexor tendons in the equine athlete are unfortunately a common occurrence, especially in young thoroughbred race horses. Immediate anti-inflammatory treatment including ice/bandaging, box rest and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (e.g. Phenylbutazone) is essential to limit the swelling and bleeding of the damaged tendon. Once the acute swelling is controlled (3 - 7 days) ultrasound examination can be performed. A comprehensive assessment of the tendons is carried out, with precise measurements and description of the injured area and normal tendon.

This allows us to determine the best course of action in terms of treatment and the rehabilitation process. Futhermore having a detailed record of the ultrasound images stored on computer makes subsequent evaluation of the healing tendon much more meaningful. We recommend that tendon injuries be re-examined at 2 monthly intervals throughout the healing process.


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