Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MRI Can Let You See Sources of Lameness

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

MRI Can Let You See Sources of Lameness

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Byline: By Jonathan Wainwright

Now that spring has arrived, horse owners everywhere are looking forward to enjoying the warmer weather.

For many, however, the pleasure is blighted by the horse or pony that is dogged with persistent lameness problems.

Undiagnosed lameness is as frustrating to the leisure rider as it is to the professional with competition plans.

The old saying 'no foot no horse' is apt as approximately 80% of lameness problems are located in the foot.

The intricacies of equine foot anatomy can make diagnosis a real headache, as the area is enclosed within the ridged hoof capsule making it impossible to see or feel swelling of damaged tissues

Fortunately, with the advances in MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) technology, diagnosis can be swift and accurate. This allows the vet to see the soft tissue and bone pathology that can't be seen on X-ray.

Images of tendon and ligament damage can be seen clearly, as can cartilage lesions, cysts or bone oedema. …

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