At Palm Beach Equine Clinic, we have some of the most advanced imaging technology available and we take great pride in the quality of our images. Imaging modalities that we offer include digital radiography, ultrasonography, nuclear scintigraphy and standing magnetic resonance imaging. Please click on the links below for more information about our available imaging services here at Palm Beach Equine Clinic.
Advanced Imaging Services
Palm Beach Equine Imaging Center installed a standing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit as an exciting new service for our clients. Our standing Hallmarq MRI unit gives us the ability to produce high quality, diagnostic images of the equine distal limb and each MRI is read by our board certified radiologist.
Why Would My Horse Need an MRI?
Often radiographs and ultrasound cannot provide enough definitive information to determine the source of lameness. MRI can provide additional information that can lead to a more defined or complete diagnosis. Your horse’s regular veterinarian can help you decide if MRI is the right choice for your horse.
Why choose a standing low field MRI over a high field MRI requiring your horse to be put under general anesthesia?
The ability to perform the MRI scan standing using only light sedation significantly reduces the risks of injury to your horse. General anesthesia, required for high field MRIs, has many risk factors including injury during recovery or even death. The standing MRI is a minimally invasive, day procedure with less preparation required and a faster recovery time.
How will I get my images from my horse’s MRI and will there be a report with them?
Your horse’s MRI images will be emailed directly to your veterinarian (or whomever you specify) on the same day that your horse is scanned. Our on-site radiologist will review the images and produce a report that will be emailed to your veterinarian (or whomever you specify) within two business days following the MRI.
How long does it take to perform the scan?
Depending on the customized scan required for your horse, it takes approximately one hour for each site to be scanned. For example, if your horse is having both feet imaged, actual scanning time will be approximately two hours. We take the time to ensure that your horse is as comfortable as possible during the procedure, which will result in higher quality images. Following the scan, we monitor each horse closely until the sedation effects have worn off. In general, you can expect to pick up your horse in the afternoon on the day that it is scanned. Any additional questions can be answered when you book an appointment.
Will my horse’s shoes have to be pulled?
Yes, the shoe on the limb that is being scanned, as well as, the contralateral shoe will need to be removed. We kindly request that the shoes are pulled before your horse arrives.
How can I schedule an MRI for my horse?
We perform MRI scans by appointment only. Please have your veterinarian contact the clinic to schedule your horse for an MRI.
Palm Beach Equine Imaging Center has been producing outstanding Nuclear Scintigraphy (bone scan) scans for over 15 years. Our highly trained staff takes pride in safely producing quality, diagnostic studies with great attention to detail. Our MiE gamma camera and software installed in 2014 has taken our imaging capabilities to a new, exciting level.
What is Nuclear Scintigraphy?
Nuclear scintigraphy is the process of injecting a radioisotope, technetium-99, tagged to phosphorus that localizes to bone. Either minutes after injection (for soft tissue) or hours after injection (for bone images), a gamma camera is used to capture images of the horse’s skeletal anatomy. Areas of increased radiopharmaceutical uptake (IRU) can be identified as “hot spots” and represent areas of increased metabolic activity.
Why would my horse need a nuclear scintigraphy scan?
Nuclear scintigraphy is used as a screening tool to locate areas of increased metabolic activity in soft tissue structures or skeletal anatomy. This can help to identify potential sources of lameness in horses with subtle or multiple limb lameness. It can also be especially helpful in identifying fractures in areas that are difficult to image with other modalities such as the pelvis, upper limbs and spine. Nuclear scintigraphy is a strong diagnostic tool when used in combination with other modalities.
How will I get my images from my horse’s scan and will there be a report with them?
The images from your horse’s scan will be emailed directly to your veterinarian (or whomever you specify) on the same day that your horse is scanned. Our on-site radiologist will review the images and produce a report that will be emailed to your veterinarian (or whomever you specify) within two business days following the scan.
How long will my horse have to be in the hospital for the scan?
Drop off and approximate pick up time will be discussed during scan scheduling with the Imaging Manager. An average hospital stay is approximately 30 hours from injection time to when the horse is cleared the following morning. Horses are prepared and injected with the radiopharmaceutical dose 2.5 hours prior to the start of the scan. Following the scan, your horse will need to stay in the hospital overnight care for by our 24-hour nursing staff. The following morning after the scan, the horses’ radiation levels are recorded via a Geiger counter until they are cleared for release. At that time, the hospital will call to schedule a pick up time, unless additional follow up care is requested by your veterinarian.
Will my horse’s shoes have to be pulled?
Your horse’s shoes do not need to be pulled prior to the scan. Sometimes it is necessary to acquire solar views during a scan which requires the shoes to be removed. If this is the case, we will remove them at the time and the shoes will be returned with the horse.
How can I schedule a Nuclear Scintigraphy scan for my horse?
We perform nuclear scintigraphy scans by appointment only. Please have your veterinarian contact the clinic to schedule your horse for a nuclear scintigraphy scan.