McKee-Pownall Equine Services | Digital Ultrasonography

Digital Ultrasonography

What is Ultrasonography?

Ultrasonography enables us to evaluate soft tissues such as tendons and ligaments, to identify injuries and evaluate the progress of healing.

It uses high-frequency sound waves to non-invasively image soft tissue. Ultrasonography is much more sensitive to soft tissue abnormalities than x-rays.

Digital Ultrasonography

Structures Imaged

In addition to imaging the tendons and ligaments of the limbs to identify injury to these structures, we can also image structures within joints to assess damage to collateral ligaments, cartilage, and joint capsules. Deep structures such as the pelvic sacro-iliac joints and cervical facets (neck joints) can also be examined for signs of arthritis with the ultrasound, and the image is used to guide therapeutic injections of these areas.