Ultrasound imaging allows the veterinarian to examine soft tissue structures such as tendons, ligaments, and reproductive organs. Sound waves are passed through the soft tissue and back to the transducer to allow for quick, harmless, and pain-free imaging of virtually any soft tissue structure. Reproductive ultrasounds can be performed per-rectum allowing visualization of ovarian structures, uterine activity, and fetal development. This can allow the veterinarian and owner to accurately time ovulation for insemination, and to track the developmental stages of pregnancy. Ultrasound examination of tendons allows for accurate examination of lesions within tendons and ligaments, and allows for accurate placement of PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) directly into core lesions within tendons. Ultrasound examinations can be done on site providing the owner with valuable information needed concerning their horse’s health and reproductive status.
16-18 days post ovulation image of the vesicle (pregnancy). The embryo is not visible at this stage. It is important to check for twins during this stage of pregnancy.
Vesicle with embryo proper now visible (white mass in the center of the black area). This image was taken between 25-30 days after ovulation. A fetal heartbeat can be visualized at this stage of pregnancy.