Trauma from saddle - x-ray showed fracture spinous process
Poor Saddle Fit
Left Stifle Injury
IR Thermography has been available for decades for use in human medicine. Equine Infrared Thermography by Pinnacle Inspections is now available for use by Veterinarians and Farriers, and Owners. Portable equipment and reduced cost is the primary reason for this amazing technology.
Pinnacle Inspections Equine Thermal Imaging uses Fluke Ti32 infrared thermal cameras capable of identifying temperature variances of the horses body down to ≤ 0.04 degrees C and 40 mK. This allows incredible sensitivity to identify the smallest temperature differences which can be a possible problem area, or anomaly.
This technique is used to identify inflamed areas such as the joints, tendons, ligaments and back. It is very helpful to identify lameness, imbalances of the hoof and is an effective tool in pre-purchase examinations.
Most lame horses do not have just one problem associated with the lameness. The horse may give to the right, but the actual cause may be associated with stress from an injury at another location. Veterinary evaluations can diagnose and treat the lame area, however the primary cause of lameness may go undetected.
According to Veterinarians, “Tendons and joints will show inflammatory changes as much as two weeks before clinical lameness is apparent.”
Treatment Follow-up: Treatment of the horse’s condition is considered successful when the horse no longer shows visual signs of lameness. Thermal imaging can monitor the progress of the healing process which may exist weeks after the horse no longer shows signs of lameness. Prematurely returning to training or use may aggravate the healing process.
Pre-Purchase Exams: IR thermal imaging will detect inflammation that may not present itself through clinical signs. The current owner may not yet be aware of the horse’s condition. Drugs that may be administered to mask adverse symptoms cannot mask the condition from the thermal imager.
Hoof Balance: an unbalanced hoof is obvious to the thermal imaging camera. Areas of the hoof that strike the ground become very warm compared to the remainder of the shoe. This also can identify where a horse may compensate for pain by rotating or improperly placing the hoof to alleviate the discomfort.
Saddle Fit: many leg and back problems in the horse can be attributed to improperly fit saddles or imbalanced riders!
It's not all about hot-spots!
One of the most effective uses of thermography is in the assessment of muscle injuries. It locates the area of inflammation associated with a muscle or muscle group. It shows atrophy before it becomes apparent clinically. Atrophy is seen as an area of consistent decrease in circulation when compared to the opposite side
Also nerve injury due to trauma or disease affects blood flow and may show up "cold" in comparison.
Infrared Thermography should not be used in place of other veterinarian diagnostic techniques. It is intended to enhance the evaluation of existing conditions and to identify what may be making your horse feel off when other clinical techniques are not effective until the horse becomes substantially lame.
Feel free to contact me for further information on our services and pricing. There are so many possible applications, we cannot list them all. The cost of our services also differ greatly between applications and circumstances. Most initial diagnostic surveys begin at about the cost of your horse being shod.
Non-Invasive and completely safe
Full scans take thirty minutes or less to complete
Scans are done at your location; you won't have to trailer
Full-body scans with veterinary interpretation service start at $250.*
(Multi-horse and ongoing imaging programs are available)
Reports are reviewed and interpreted by a Veterinarian specialized in Equine Thermography.
* Travel fee may apply. Submit your request via our website for complete pricing in your area.
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