MRI has gained prominence for the diagnosis equine lameness because it has many advantages over other conventional imaging options by allowing us to view the complete limb with all of its components. Before we book an MRI study, your horse's case is reviewed by an equine orthopedic specialist and Dr. Hassinger. MRI cases that originate at Hassinger Equine Imaging are referred out to the most appropraite MRI center, depending on the needs and location of the horse and owner. It is most important that the lameness is accurately documented. If there a question as to the site of lameness, additional diagnostics will need to be done, either by your veterinarian or by specialists at the referral site.
Nuclear scintigraphy (bone scanning) is an bone scanimaging modality that allows the veterinarian to view a specific area of the equine skeleton. This is important when a lameness is multi-factoral. Nuclear scintigraphy is especially useful for assessing bone inflammation. All Nuclear Scintigraphy cases that originate at Hassinger Equine Imaging are referred out to one of our colleagues throughout the East Coast based on the needs and location of your horse.
The fibre optic endoscope is a valuable tool when a horse's upper airway needs to be examined. The endoscope is passed through the nostril and gives a clear view of the structures within the nasal cavities, the pharynx and the trachea. Any abnormalities in these structures can endoscope affect a horse's ability to breathe. Endoscopy is a good tool when exploring a horse who "roars" or simply as a routine procedure in a pre-purchase or annual "wellness" exam. Poor performance is often the result of ulcers!
Digital ultrasound is used at Hassinger Equine Imaging to assess soft tissue injuries as well as monitor the healing process. Ultrasound is a valuable tool for viewing tendons, ligaments and bony structures. Regular monitoring of horses that are on the road to recovery is made simple with ultrasound imaging. Digital ultrasound images can be sent to referring veterinarians as jpeg images or high quality paper copies.
Wireless Digital Radiography
450 Addor Road
Aberdeen, NC 28315
Direct Digital Radiography is key to assess bone structures in our equine athletes. The NEXT Equine DR system delivers superior diagnostic images in as little as 4 second (horse side)! The system's high resolution consistently produces detailed diagnostic images that are unparalleled in the equine veterinary industry. As a referral imaging center, other veterinarians can send cases to Hassinger Equine Imaging for complete, diagnostic images that are forwarded directly as jpeg images to the referral veterinarian. We also have working relationships with a host of other centers on the East Coast and can refer horse owners to the one that best suits their horse's needs and location.
Hassinger Equine Sports Medicine and Imaging Clinic offers the most comprehensive private diagnostic imaging center on the central east coast. In combination, these modalities are instrumental in providing clients with the most thorough lameness and performance evaluation offered at one location! At Hassinger Equine Imaging, we're continually striving to take the guesswork out of lameness evaluation for our clients.