Radiology (x-rays) allows us to “see” many different aspects of the body. It is an integral tool for diagnosing lameness in horses. Finding the lame leg in a horse can be quite a puzzle. After we have done nerve blocks to identify the region to focus on, x-rays can be done to assess the structures for abnormalities.

Radiographs are useful for the diagnosis of:

  • Arthritis: Ringbone, Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • Laminitis (founder)
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Fractured Teeth
  • Lower and upper limb fractures: slab fractures, bone chips, fractures
  • Pre-purchase exams (see Pre-purchase exams)
  • Management of treatment: Laminitis and Navicular
  • Guide for trimming and shoeing
An x-ray of a horse hoof