Advanced Diagnostic Equipment

 

Our clinic has a wide array of advanced diagnostic equipment to ensure you receive the best level of service for your horse.

 

Portable digital radiography (x-ray)

Our radiographic equipment is state of the art, and completely portable, meaning we can take premium radiographs anywhere. Our images can be sent to you or your referring veterinarian for your records. Our digital database also means we can access your images whenever you need them.

 

Portable digital ultrasound

Our cutting edge ultrasound can produce detailed images for both musculoskeletal (i.e. tendons) and abdominal structures. Severity and progression of tendon injuries can be monitored using our dedicated tendon probe, while imaging of the abdomen can assist with in-depth investigation of colic. Our ultrasound is fully portable and produces digital images which can be emailed wherever they are needed.

Endoscopy – gastric & upper respiratory tract

We also offer video endoscopy imaging at the clinic for both the upper respiratory tract (nostrils, larynx and trachea), and stomach. Noise during exercise, or coughing, can be investigated, while diagnosis of gastric ulceration can be performed with our gastroscope. Please note: fasting for 18 hours, and withholding water for 6 hours before gastroscoping is necessary to allow appropriate visualisation of the stomach lining.

 

Lameness Locator – only one in SA!

The Lameness Locator is the newest technology in the quest for ultimate lameness diagnosis. It is an inertial based sensor system consisting of two accelerometers and a gyroscope to detect which leg your horse is lame in… ok… you lost me at ‘inertial’. Basically the system ‘maps’ your horses movement and tells us where there is asymmetry, or lameness, which we can then go on to investigate further.

The aim of the Lameness Locator is to help us diagnose which leg the lameness is in, and hence is extremely useful in cases of subtle, compensatory or multi-limb lameness. By combining the results of the Lameness Locator, along with flexion tests and local anaesthetic blocks, it can also help to find which region of the lame leg is affected.

The process involves the non-invasive placement of sensors on the poll, pelvis and right-fore pastern. These feed data back wirelessly to a tablet while a normal lameness trot-up exam is performed. The system is completely portable and can be used in the field.

Objective Evaluation using Lameness Locator from Equinosis on Vimeo.

AliveCor portable ECG

An electrocardiogram (ECG) measures the electrical signals that control the heart and is used to detect abnormalities that can affect performance or health. The AliveCor is a fully portable device that links to a smartphone to pduce a clear ECG trace to facilitate fast, user-friendly diagnosis, and produces a PDF of the results for emailing.

The new Lameness Locator – the only one in SA – assists in localisation of lameness

The new Lameness Locator – the only one in SA – assists in localisation of lameness

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Video endoscopy (scoping) enables us to image both the larynx and stomach

Video endoscopy (scoping) enables us to image both the larynx and stomach




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