Accurate interpretation of the ultrasound examination is dependent on the quality of the image and the experience of the veterinarian. The veterinarian needs a thorough understanding of anatomy and the behaviour of ultrasound in tissues for accurate image interpretation.
The ultrasound examination is an active process that involves interaction between the veterinarian, the horse, the transducer and the ultrasound machine to obtain good quality images.
There are a couple of things we do to ensure the examination goes smoothly. Firstly, we administer a light sedation to the horse. Secondly, we prepare the area for examination. In the case of a tendon examination, this will involve clipping the area to be examined.
We always conduct a thorough and comprehensive study. In the case of a tendon examination, this involves obtaining longitudinal and cross sectional images at 5cm intervals along the entire structure. We save images from every examination to enable comparisons and assessments at a later date.
Finally, based on our findings during the examination, we make a recommendation for treatment and management of the condition, or make a recommendation for further diagnostic imaging.