Diagnosing injury and illness on your horse is difficult, even for trained professionals. Thermal imaging allows a person to visualize and measure temperature differences on bilateral anomalies present on the horse`s body and limbs which are indicative of inflammation or a lack of circulation in those areas. Infrared imaging for horses is the modern way of pinpointing the exact area of concern and is the only imaging service that comes to the horse`s home, saving on travel trauma and transportation costs. It can also be used after treatment to confirm that the problem is resolved. We now provide for an additional fee, a veterinarian analysis to offer treatment solutions for any issues found by the report.
With any major purchase, we generally gather as much information as we can before making a decision. Horse purchases are no different, and are probably more challenging. Even if we know the horse and its owner, there can still be hidden issues that are not visible to even an experienced horse person. With infrared imaging we can see the unseen, specifically any thermal anomaly that may indicate a problem. Give yourself the benefit of all the information to make an informed decision.
In competitive equine events, things happen quickly. By doing a pre-post exercise baseline report, we can monitor any changes to the horse after a short exercise session. This helps determine if any problems are present, enables a proactive response, and supports rapid recovery for the next event.
Inflammation in joints is very painful, but it is not always visible. The same also applies to tendon and ligament damage. With infrared imaging, we can see the thermal signature of the inflammation in both skeletal and soft tissue injuries. In some cases, this will be evident up to two weeks before it manifests itself physically.
Whether a horse is purchased for personal or business reasons, ownership represents a significant investment of time, money and resources. They are prone to illness, accidents and injury, so having a baseline report with infrared images of your horse for you and your equine insurance carrier, is just good business. I am happy to report that I have received confirmation from a large equine insurance broker that these reports would potentially be covered if they are requested by the attending veterinarian as part of their regular diagnosis of an injury or illness. Check with your insurance provider for confirmation and let your vet know if you have coverage.
* Non-Invasive, passive and completely safe, with no radiation
* Scans take about 45 minutes to complete
* The imaging is done at your location, preferably in the morning to minimize solar loading.
* With infrared imaging, many physiological and anatomical issues are exposed at a much earlier stage, thereby enabling less costly treatment solutions
If you are interested in having an Infrared Assessment performed on your horse, please take note of the following requirements that are necessary to help our thermographer achieve the best quality results possible:
* Subject must be cleaned and clipped- brushed out to summer coat, fetlocks, pasterns clipped to same length as summer coat, hooves wiped free of dirt, tail bandaged up, mane and forelock braided or trimmed to stand up from body. In the winter, it may be necessary to clip the entire horse to summer coat length as long hair acts as an insulator and prevents accurate temperature measurements
Clipping must be done a minimum of 7 days prior to the scan
This enables an optimal image of the horse's skin, which is where we will measure any thermal anomalies bilaterally to determine exactly where the issue with your horse is located.
* We need two people- one to hold the head and the other to place its feet. The person on the feet should be familiar to the horse
* The subject must be thermally neutral- this means 8 hrs minimum from its last event or exercise session and it should be kept out of the sunlight before the scan
This is to ensure the animal has fully cooled down and to prevent solar heating of the skin which can affect the accuracy of the scan
* No medications, sprays or balms for the 24 hours prior & no feed or water 2 hours before scanning
* We need a stable or barn to do the scan- this keeps us out of the environmental factors (wind, rain and sunlight) that can all negatively influence the results of the scan