Explaining Ultrasound Images To Your Equine Clients

By Erika Wierman, DVM on Tue, Jul 09, 2019 @ 08:31 AM

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As a veterinarian, you’re trained to understand what you see on an ultrasound machine, but your equine client may be baffled by the images. They may not even know what ultrasound imaging actually is or does, or its value as a diagnostic tool. Here are some tips for explaining ultrasound images to horse owners.

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Three Methods to Improve Broodmare Ultrasound

By Erika Wierman, DVM on Tue, May 21, 2019 @ 09:37 AM

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1...Obtain the best image possible
Take the time to completely evacuate the rectum, and use plenty of lube for contact. If your ultrasound system provides variable frequency transducers, remember to operate at the highest frequency that still allows you enough depth to visualize all the pertinent structures; this will optimize the resolution of your image! You’ll acquire a higher quality (and larger!) ovary image scanning at 6cm than you will at 12cm. In addition, become familiar with your equipment; experiment with gain, contrast, and persistence in order to achieve the image that you desire.

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When Should My Veterinarian Ultrasound My Pregnant Broodmare?

By Erika Wierman, DVM on Fri, Apr 19, 2019 @ 08:04 AM

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So you've decided to breed your mare! This can be a very exciting time, but it can be overwhelming as well. The process is at times frustrating if you encounter fertility issues, and can be expensive even when everything goes perfectly. Once your mare is bred, routine ultrasound exams should be scheduled. Your veterinarian may wish to conduct the following exams...

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How Does Ultrasound Work?

By Erika Wierman, DVM on Tue, Dec 11, 2018 @ 02:58 PM

If you’re new to ultrasound, an image may look like nothing more than a swirling array of grey tones on the screen.  Interpretation requires an understanding of anatomy and physiology, but also of how ultrasound technology functions.

Consider the sonar produced by a bat in flight. The bat emits high frequency sounds, which then bounce off of objects in its proximity and return to the bat. The animal uses the strength, direction, and timing of the returning sound to determine where those objects are and to avoid a collision.

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Equine Reproduction Ultrasound Images

By Mia Varra on Thu, Dec 01, 2011 @ 02:55 PM

E.I. Medical Imaging had a great time seeing old friend and making new ones at the 2011 AAEP (American Association of Equine Practitioners) last week. We thought it would be fitting to post some equine ultrasound images.

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