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Radiographs - Know What They Can and Can't Tell You

Understanding a few basic principles can help you communicate with your vet and help you take away more for your money.

by Grant Miller, DVM
Radiographs - Know What They Can and Can't Tell You Credit: g.-miller-photo Subtle findings like the bone chip indicated by the red arrow in the fetlock joint can be easy to miss, but can cause huge lameness problems. With many lameness situations, veterinarians take radiographs as a first line method of diagnosis.  Some radiographs are relatively easy to decipher in that the average horse owner can make out which bone is which, and generally conceptualize where they are on the horse.  Yet other views look like a Picasso painting - and it they leave many scratching their heads wondering, “What on earth is my vet looking at?”    Understanding a few basic principles as well as keeping some tips in mind when communicating with your vet about what he or she sees in your horse’s bones will help you take away more for your money when it comes to radiographs.   Radiographs and the Digital Age   In the horse world, radiographs are used to look at bones.  In special... Continue Reading

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