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Did you know that Southern Equine has an elite diagnostic imaging tool for difficult lameness cases, the only one in our region?
We possess a nuclear scintigraphy unit, more commonly known as a “bone scan,” to aid in diagnosing your horse. We use bone scans commonly for horses who have an intermittent or very subtle lameness, for overall poor performance that is hard to target, and ESPECIALLY for horses who have issues in areas of their body that are difficult to radiograph or ultrasound, such as the back, the pelvis, and the sacroiliac region.
Our patients are standing and mildly sedated for the procedure, similar to how they would be for joint injections. We inject a radioactive dye into the horse with a single IV injection. We evaluate the blood flow, then the soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments, and finally we can evaluate the bone. In the simplest terms, the dye travels to where the problem lies, which we term as a “hot spot”. These hot spots are clues to diagnosing your horse’s lameness. The radioactive dye is not dangerous to the horse and is simply excreted in the horse’s urine by the next day. After the dye has been excreted and the horse is no longer radioactive (24-36 hours), our patient is returned to your care.
If you are interested in a bone scan for your horse, or would like to discuss your horse’s case with one of our veterinarians to determine if he or she may be a good candidate for a bone scan, please give our office a call at (803) 644-1544. We look forward to serving you
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I just want to send out a most heartfelt thanks to Dr.Carter and his amazing staff! They are truly one of a kind! They have done just a wonderful job taking care of Kelly! The love and attention to her is so appreciated! God Bless all of them.