Ultrasound is a specialized imaging technique that uses inaudible sound waves to create an image of soft tissue structures. It is one of our most frequently used non-invasive diagnostic tools.
Ultrasonography is used in lameness diagnosis to image tendon and ligament injuries, tendon sheaths and joint capsules. In equine reproduction, ultrasonography is used routinely for imaging uterine and ovarian structures to aid in timing of insemination and ovulation, pregnancy diagnosis, and evaluation of the reproductive tract in health and disease. Transabdominal ultrasound images of the late term equine fetus can help assess fetal well-being and gender. Colic cases benefit from the option of abdominal ultrasound as a part of a work up to help determine if surgery is necessary.