South Shore Equine Clinic & Diagnostic Center
Equine Veterinary Services South Shore Boston Massachusetts

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Are you tired of throwing good money after bad chasing your horse’s chronic lameness?   If your answer is “yes” then read on…

We understand how frustrating it can be searching for solutions to your horse's chronic lameness. You have tried this test and that treatment, but to no avail….your horse is still lame and you have spent considerable time, effort and resources trying to figure out why.  It’s time to stop spending money on speculations of what might be causing your horse’s lameness and go directly to the modality that will give you the answers that you are looking for – MRI.

Like everyone else, we also had this problem with some of our patients when we only had x-rays and ultrasound to diagnose causes of lameness in the lower limb, especially the foot. These examinations and tests can provide us with good information; however they have considerable limitations.  X-rays show good bone detail; an ultrasound shows good soft tissue detail, but an MRI exam shows both bone and soft tissue in great detail, without the limitations of other imaging modalities. It is especially precise with diagnosing the cause of foot lameness, as it allows us to look at the many soft tissue and bone structures inside the hoof. 

There are many soft tissue and bone structures within the lower limb that can only be seen using MRI.  The pictures below are an example of a deep bone bruise located in the middle phalanx (Short pastern bone, P2) only detectable using MRI (see radiograph for comparison).

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Our MRI allows our patients to stand in a weight bearing stance to image all of the structures in the area of question. This greatly reduces risks to the patient as well as expense to the owner. Because we do not need to anesthetize our patients, there is no risk of further injury with recovery and they are able to resume regular activity shortly after completion of the exam. 

When your horse is lame, performing an MRI sooner than later is a much more cost effective approach than guessing and trying different treatments and shoeing. No more guesswork and now more targeted treatment options will start your horse on the road to recovery! With this safe, fast, and accurate imaging modality we are able to identify the exact cause of lameness, recommend the best course of action and give an accurate prognosis. 

There are many cases where your horse may just need time off to allow the bruising to heal. Other cases may warrant additional treatments with controlled exercise. You’ll never know unless you can see the problem. Stop the guessing! The key is in early, safe and accurate diagnosis using the standing MRI.


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For filling out the form you will receive a FREE report about Equine MRI and How it Works, our monthly e-newsletter, a decorative horse keychain, a gift voucher for Equine Essentials Tack Shop, and you will also be entered into a DRAWING to win a FREE MRI Scan worth over $1500.

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