Musculoskeletal ultrasonography of the horse

Author(s): Becky Jones

Hospital: B&W Equine Hospital

Reference: RAD Magazine, 44, 518, 11-22


Musculoskeletal disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the equine population. Therefore it is important to be able to provide an accurate diagnosis with regards to advising on specific treatments, case management and prognosis.

Ultrasonography has been used by the veterinary profession for musculoskeletal imaging in the horse since the 1980s, which predates its more widespread use for musculoskeletal imaging in the human field. It is now considered to be one of the first-line imaging modalities for diagnosing and monitoring musculoskeletal conditions in the horse. With developments in equipment, knowledge and expertise we are now able to scan more anatomical regions, have developed better treatments and improved outcomes with many musculoskeletal conditions.

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