MRI has for long been the imaging method of choice in human medicine, making it the gold standard for diagnosing pathology. Hallmarq’s Standing Equine MRI (EQ2) system brings the same diagnostic capability to equine clinical practice, with the equine patient at the forefront of every design decision.
More often than not, the outcome of a conventional lameness work-up is a horse that blocks to a certain region, but has no visible changes on X-ray or ultrasound. Response to treatment may be the only way to confirm or refute a potential diagnosis, and the horse may have to repeatedly return to the clinic for further examination. This pathway takes time and costs money, while the patient may lose condition and the injury get worse. By visualising slices through tissue, MRI can quickly and precisely localise damage to both bone and soft tissues.
-Standing MRI identifies the specific cause of lameness in over 90% of cases
-MRI is the only way to distinguish between the many different diseases underlying “navicular syndrome” in the foot
-MRI of the fetlock and knee allows racehorse trainers to modify training to prevent poor performance and avoid the risk of serious injury
Early, safe and accurate lameness diagnosis
Much has been learned about the causes of equine lameness since the advent of MRI. From the previously under-diagnosed, such as collateral desmitis of the distal interphalangeal joint, through the previously misunderstood, such as navicular syndrome, to the previously unknown, such as bone marrow oedema, MRI has revolutionised our ability to provide a diagnosis and improve prognosis in equine lameness.