Digital Imaging & Shockwave
Radiographs or "X-Rays" have been a fundamental diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine for several decades. Our state of the art IDEXX Equi-View Digital Imaging system allows our doctors at SMVS to capture and view radiographs within seconds, and with astounding image quality. Our unit allows our doctors to quickly evaluate your horse without leaving the farm, whether during a prepurchase evaluation, acute lameness, or as a tool to aid hoof conformation with your farrier. After taking the radiographs, a copy of all images on a disk are given to you before our doctors leave the farm.
In the last 15 years, ultrasonography has become a vital diagnostic method for determining soft tissue injuries and disorders. Our Sonosite M-Turbo Digital Ultrasound system uses the latest hardware and software to give our doctors an ideal image of any soft tissues we need to visualize. Our equipment allows us to image a broad range of tissues, from the tendons and ligaments of the fetlock to an unborn foal in the abdomen. Our Digital systems also allow for quick image transfer over the internet to referral centers for specialist's opinions regarding treatment and prognosis.
Shockwave therapy is a relatively new ancillary treatment to aid the healing time and quality of many injuries and diseases in the horse. A high pressure sound wave or "shockwave" is produced by our PulseVet VersaTron Focused Shockwave generator and is directed through a handheld probe to the site of injury. The shockwave travels through the skin and tissues to the damaged area. The pressure wave stimulates the healing process, decreases inflammation, and lessens pain in the area. Due to its analgesic (pain killing) effects, some organizations (FEI, Racing Boards) have developed a withdrawal period before the horse is allowed to perform at shows. We commonly supplement our regenerative medicine treatments with shockwave to maximally stimulate healing. If you believe your horse would benefit from this therapy, please call to speak with one of our doctors.