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Nuclear Scintigraphy ~ Only at MEC

Advanced diagnostic imaging equipment gives MEC the leading edge in diagnosing lameness problems. MEC utilizes a wide array of non-invasive diagnostics, including modalities such as digital radiology, CAT scans, ultrasound, and Nuclear Medicine. Each of these techniques has advantages (and disadvantages) which makes them useful for specific conditions. A consult is recommended to determine which modality will be appropriate for your horse's condition. (click here for more advanced diagnostic imaging)

Nuclear Medicine (Nuclear Scintigraphy): Nuclear scintigraphy for the evaluation of the equine musculoskeletal system has become well established over the last twenty years. MEC's scintigraphy equipment (nuclear medicine) can localize increased bone activity or soft inflammation anywhere in the body. This bone scan is the best means of identifying the source of a lameness problem is not obvious. It is the closest that we can get to having the horse tell us from where the pain originates. Nuclear medicine is a subspecialty within the field of radiology.

Nuclear medicine uses radioactive substances to image the body and treat disease. Nuclear medicine looks at both the physiology (functioning) and the anatomy of the body in establishing diagnosis and treatment.

Nuclear medicine (scintigraphy) imaging techniques give MEC doctors another way to look inside the equine body. It comprises diagnostic examinations that result in images of body anatomy and function. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance given to the horse intravenously. The techniques combine the use of computers, detectors, and radioactive substances. The Nuclear medicine technologist operates MEC's new gamma camera which detects and maps the radioactive drug in a horse’s body to create diagnostic images. Injected radioactive substances do not harm the horse. The radioisotopes used in nuclear medicine decay quickly, in minutes to hours, have lower radiation levels than a typical X-ray or CT scan, and are eliminated in the urine or bowel movement.

Most horses undergo a nuclear medicine examination because their primary care veterinarian has recommended it. Senior surgeon, Dr. Grant Myhre, D.V.M., who has specialized training in nuclear medicine, will interpret the images and forward a report to your veterinarian. It usually takes a day or so to interpret, report and deliver the results.

Nuclear scintigraphy is the best total body physiological imaging modality for detection of the origin of lameness, soft tissue inflammation, and increased bone activity.

MEC's new large-field GE gamma camera and digital computer system revolutionizes diagnosis via motion correction and computer image enhancement. For more than 5 years, MEC has used superior scintigraphy technology to identify back and upper limb lameness problems.

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