Radiology (Digital Imaging)
Southwest Equine offers state-of-the-art wireless digital radiography. Wireless DR allows us to move around your horse quickly and safely, with no cords to get tangled in your horses's legs. Digital radiography allows us to view the images on a laptop computer within 3 seconds of acquisition, and images can be magnified for a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. Our wireless DR system is very versatile- obtaining excellent limb, head and neck images on the farm, as well as chest, abdomen, back and pelvis radiographs in the hospital. Digital images can be emailed or burned onto a CD/flash drive easy reference and sharing. Common types of radiographs include:
Hoof Balance Studies: great for any horse, especially when lameness issues are present, but also for sound horses, to help prevent any lameness issues associated with their hooves. Two views of each hoof are taken (usually the front feet); various measurements and angles are performed to determine the health of the inside of the foot. We then work with your farrier to establish a plan to correct any abnormalities that could lead to problems down the road.
Distal (lower) Limb Radiographs (hoof/pastern, fetlock, carpus, hock) are used to detect arthritis, osteochondrosis, fractures and many ligament strains. They can be performed both on the farm or in the hospital.
Proximal (upper) Limb (elbow, shoulder, stifle) and Spine (neck, back) radiographs can be performed on the farm; however, the superior quality images can be obtained by using the more powerful x-ray generator that is built into the hospital.
Proximal (upper) Head / Dental radiographs Radiographs can quickly and easily be obtained on the farm for any horses with head trauma, suspected sinus infections, or dental abnormalities (tooth fractures, open pulp horns). For dental radiographs, a special aluminum mouth speculum is used to help produce superior images.
Abdominal, thoracic (chest), myelogram and pelvic radiographs on adult patients are performed only in the hospital. Southwest Equine’s powerful in hospital x-ray generator is required to penetrate through dense structures and provide superior images for interpretation.
Southwest Equine Hospital offers full service in-house laboratory services.
Our laboratory can perform complete blood counts, serum chemistry analysis, arterial blood gas analysis, electrolyte levels, lactate measurements, and fecal egg counts.
The in-house laboratory also features microscopes that allow veterinarians to evaluate cytology on samples like blood, cornea scrapings, uterine cells, tissue aspirates, semen analysis and embryo recovery.
Reference laboratories like Idexx, Antech or specific universities are utilized for more extensive diagnostics (hormone analysis, genetic testing, specific disease testing, toxicology).