Imaging is a separate department at the Pferdeklinik Leichlingen. With its imaging techniques, it works closely with orthopaedics. This owes much to the fact that two of our veterinarians, who began their professional careers in orthopaedics, have in recent years increasingly turned to the qualitative production and evaluation of X-ray, ultrasound, scintigraphy and MRI images. Both share a high standard of diagnostic competence in imaging and a wealth of expertise in orthopaedics and directly apply their many years of experience in the treatment of your horse.
For the purpose of diagnostic imaging on a standing horse, the clinic has a fixed computer-aided X-Ray machine, several ultrasound units, one of the newest scintigraphy installations in Germany, as well as an upright MRI. The ongoing technological development of these devices means that they are continuously optimised, or soon exchanged for state-of-the-art designs. This guarantees that we are always able to examine your horse using the latest technology, and thus provide a more precise diagnosis.
With the fixed computer-aided X-Ray machine we are also able to produce high-quality X-Ray images of relatively inaccessible areas of the body. These include the cervical vertebra, the spine, and the hip joint.
The ultrasound devices have different types of transducers. As a result, all body areas of the standing horse can be optimally imaged according to modern standards. This aids not only orthopaedic or internal diagnostics, but also curative treatment with the assistance of ultrasound-guided injections.
With scintigraphy, part of the horse, but also the entire skeletal system, may be examined. This technology enables the identification of inflammatory responses of the bone when the location of the lameness is unknown.
Magnetic resonance imaging
Magnetic resonance imaging can be performed on a standing horse in our clinic. This allows in-depth examination of a previously localised area of the extremity without the risk of a general anaesthetic. The legs can be examined from the hoof up to and including the carpus and tarsus.