Our 3-dimensional ultrasound unit enables detailed evaluation of both soft tissue and bony structures. Uses include the evaluation of tendons, ligaments, musculature, joints, and other bony structures. It may be used as a diagnostic tool, or to monitor the progress of injuries/lesions over time. , which is made of tiny crystals.

What is ultrasound and how does it work?

Roger Smith MRCVS, professor of equine orthopaedics at the Royal Veterinary College, explains that ultrasound imaging uses the principles of sonar developed for ships at sea.

As sound passes through the body, it produces echoes that can identify the distance, size and shape of objects.

Attached to a box of electronics is a probe or transducer, which is made of tiny crystals.

Sound waves leave the transducer and enter the body, where they reflect off the bone and soft tissue to produce an echo that is analysed by a computer in the ultrasound machine and transformed into moving pictures of the organ or tissue that is being examined.

Bone, which is dense, is identified on screen as a bright line, whereas a tendon appears as a dotted pattern.

What do vets use ultrasound for?

Examining soft tissue, particularly tendons and ligaments, but also many other structures including joints and even eyes.

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