Early diagnosis and treatment is key to treating any disease. At Stillwater Equine Veterinary Clinic we take pride in the multiple modes of diagnostic imaging we can provide.
Our capabilities include endoscopy, gastroscopy, digital radiography, and digital utrasonography with color-flow Doppler. Our digital equipment allows us to forward images electronically to referral doctors for updates and specialists for timely second opinions.
Gastroscopy and Endoscopy
Endoscopy and gastroscopy allow a veterinarian to see areas such as the nasal passage, pharynx, trachea, esophagus, stomach, urinary tract, uterus and bladder.
Using our one meter Endoscope we are able to visualize the upper respiratory system including the sinuses, guttural pouches and larynx. This allows for early recognition and treatment of many respiratory diseases.
The 3 meter scope allows us to visualize the stomach, pylorus and the upper most portion of the small intestine. We are then able to detect stomach abnormalities such as ulcers.
Digital radiology allows instant high detail radiographs, providing information that often was not visualized on plain film x-rays. Subtle lesions can be examined from the level of individual hairs down to deep bone.
Under high magnification, images remain very clear and margins retain sharp contrast. The “computerized” capability of this system allows us to adjust tones to best match the diagnostic needs of the individual horse and to detect very small problems which are not as visible on traditional x-rays.
We currently use Aloka ultrasound machines for reproduction and a Pico digital ultrasound for lameness evaluation, allowing us to glimpse inside the soft tissue structures. Ultrasound allows for real-time measurement of damaged fibers so that we are better able assess the degree of injury, provide a prognosis, and appropriate treatment plan.
For reproduction, ultrasound allows us to closely monitor and plan for the most likely time of ovulation, allowing for more precise timing of insemination. In addition, ultrasound aids in evaluating your mares reproductive tract for inflammation, infection, and other potential problems.
Ultrasound is also commonly utilized to evaluate the lungs and abdomen. These can be helpful when looking for fluid or abscesses in the lungs. It also allows visualization of some parts of the kidneys and gastrointestinal tract.