Diagnostic Imaging

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

Thornton Wright is lucky to have available the latest portable imaging equipment.

RADIOGRAPHY

Generally, xray is more useful to evaluate orthopaedic (bone) and dental pathology; ultrasound is more useful to evaluate soft tissue structures (tendons and ligaments).

Xray is commonly used during lameness and poor performance investigations to evaluate foot balance to guide farriery, monitoring laminitic changes in the foot, during pre-purchase examinations, evaluating tooth root integrity and when investigating concerning wounds and/or fractures.

ULTRASONOGRAPHY

Our state of the art ultrasound machines are capable of acquiring high quality diagnostic images which help to efficiently diagnose many soft tissue injuries. The esaote is a portable scanner and widely recognised as being one of the best multi-purpose, orthopaedic ultrasound machines available, with the additional capability of imaging the chest, abdomen and reproductive tract. Ultrasound also offers accurate guidance for certain joint, tendon and ligament treatments.

ADVANCED IMAGING: CT AND MRI

Further advanced diagnostic imaging is sometimes indicated. Should referral be in the best interest of our patient, we are able to facilitate referral for these procedures at a referral hospital of your choice.

Thornton Wright continues to actively engage with specialist led referral hospitals where a specialist imaging clinician will oversee the case and report back the results.

ENDOSCOPY

Endoscopy is an imaging modality which allows visualisation of the upper respiratory tract, including the sinuses, guttural pouch, larynx and trachea.

Endoscopy is indicated if there are concerns of upper or lower airway disease. This could include inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis), laryngeal assessment for paresis or paralysis, detection of strangles in the guttural pouches and pneumonia.

Endoscopy facilitates diagnostic procedures such as a tracheal wash and guttural pouch lavage. These obtain a sample of fluid from the respective region which is analysed in a laboratory for signs of inflammation and/or infection. Where infection is present, the sample can be used to try and culture a representative growth. If a representative growth is cultured it can then be challenged with different types of antibiotics to identify the most appropriate treatment option. This process is globally encouraged as part of the veterinary industry’s responsible use of antibiotics.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) offers an alternative test for more rapid detection of pathogens (bacteria, virus and fungi) in this fluid, however is unable to identify an appropriate antibiotic option.

GASTROSCOPY

Gastroscopy is an imaging modality which can be performed under sedation and is used to evaluate the oesophagus and stomach. It is commonly performed for animals which are suspected of having gastric ulcers (equine gastric ulcer syndrome), however it can also be used to investigate other conditions such as choke and diagnose gastric impactions.

The horse/pony should be starved from the night before to ensure that the stomach is empty at the time of evaluation.

Gastroscopy can be undertaken at your yard if you are able to successfully withhold food and have the appropriate facilities to perform the procedure safely.

Alternatively, you may prefer to bring your horse or pony into the clinic the evening prior to the gastroscope appointment. This will allow us to ensure that they are appropriately starved and we can undertake the procedure in a clinical environment.

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING

Thornton Wright is lucky to have available the latest portable imaging equipment.

RADIOGRAPHY

Generally, xray is more useful to evaluate orthopaedic (bone) and dental pathology; ultrasound is more useful to evaluate soft tissue structures (tendons and ligaments).

Xray is commonly used during lameness and poor performance investigations to evaluate foot balance to guide farriery, monitoring laminitic changes in the foot, during pre-purchase examinations, evaluating tooth root integrity and when investigating concerning wounds and/or fractures.

ULTRASONOGRAPHY

Our state of the art ultrasound machines are capable of acquiring high quality diagnostic images which help to efficiently diagnose many soft tissue injuries. The esaote is a portable scanner and widely recognised as being one of the best multi-purpose, orthopaedic ultrasound machines available, with the additional capability of imaging the chest, abdomen and reproductive tract. Ultrasound also offers accurate guidance for certain joint, tendon and ligament treatments.

ADVANCED IMAGING: CT AND MRI

Further advanced diagnostic imaging is sometimes indicated. Should referral be in the best interest of our patient, we are able to facilitate referral for these procedures at a referral hospital of your choice.

Thornton Wright continues to actively engage with specialist led referral hospitals where a specialist imaging clinician will oversee the case and report back the results.

ENDOSCOPY

Endoscopy is an imaging modality which allows visualisation of the upper respiratory tract, including the sinuses, guttural pouch, larynx and trachea.

Endoscopy is indicated if there are concerns of upper or lower airway disease. This could include inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis), laryngeal assessment for paresis or paralysis, detection of strangles in the guttural pouches and pneumonia.

Endoscopy facilitates diagnostic procedures such as a tracheal wash and guttural pouch lavage. These obtain a sample of fluid from the respective region which is analysed in a laboratory for signs of inflammation and/or infection. Where infection is present, the sample can be used to try and culture a representative growth. If a representative growth is cultured it can then be challenged with different types of antibiotics to identify the most appropriate treatment option. This process is globally encouraged as part of the veterinary industry’s responsible use of antibiotics.

Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) offers an alternative test for more rapid detection of pathogens (bacteria, virus and fungi) in this fluid, however is unable to identify an appropriate antibiotic option.

GASTROSCOPY

Gastroscopy is an imaging modality which can be performed under sedation and is used to evaluate the oesophagus and stomach. It is commonly performed for animals which are suspected of having gastric ulcers (equine gastric ulcer syndrome), however it can also be used to investigate other conditions such as choke and diagnose gastric impactions.

The horse/pony should be starved from the night before to ensure that the stomach is empty at the time of evaluation.

Gastroscopy can be undertaken at your yard if you are able to successfully withhold food and have the appropriate facilities to perform the procedure safely.

Alternatively, you may prefer to bring your horse or pony into the clinic the evening prior to the gastroscope appointment. This will allow us to ensure that they are appropriately starved and we can undertake the procedure in a clinical environment.

Experienced equine clinicians
available for emergency care 24/7
Call us on 01652 240 071

Normal office hours: Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm

Experienced equine clinicians

available for emergency care 24/7

Call us on
01652 240 071

Normal office hours:
Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5pm