Standing MRI is a valuable diagnostic tool that can help to identify the cause of equine lameness and performance issues in the distal limb.
Producing hundreds of cross secional images in multiple planes and sequence types, MRI has the ability to identify sources of lameness that are not visible on radiographs or ultrasonographic images. This is especially true when it comes to soft tissue structures within the hoof since ultrasound of that region is extremely limited due to the hoof capsule. Whether MRI identifies pathology not seen on other imaging modalities or further defines the scope of previously identified pathology, it is providing veterinarians with invaluable information that is improving the treatment plans.
Here at Circle Oak Equine, we have the ability to image horse standing, eliminating the risks of general anaesthesia. With the standing MRI, we can image up to the horses carpus (knee) and tarsus (hock).