Digital Radiography systems are comprised of three components; a flat panel detector, an x-ray generator and a computer. The generator emits x-ray photons that are received by the panel and transmitted to the computer. The digital image can be enhanced, lightened or darkened on the screen to highlight soft tissue or bone, depending on the area of focus. Digital Radiography allows for potentially greater detail than conventional radiography by permitting each digitized image to be processed by the computer.
The new state-of-the-art digital radiography systems at The Equine Center are powerful, high speed x-ray machines that make it possible to image difficult body parts such as the neck, chest, and pelvis of large adult horses. The systems are portable and our veterinarians can take detailed, digital x-rays in the field and view the images within seconds. This greatly speeds up the diagnosis and treatment of your horse.
In collaboration with our Farrier team we provide corrective trimming and shoeing through radiographic guidance. Radiographs are taken for a hoof evaluation; specific software determines the angles and balance of the hoof and phalanges. After assessment, we work with the farrier to correct the condition by trimming and/or shoeing the horse.