Ultrasound is an imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves emitted from a special transducer, or probe, which then collects the echoes of the returning energy to process it into an image, which can be viewed on a screen. Different probes are used depending on the anatomical area of the horse being examined. These exams are non-painful and can often be done without sedation. Common ultrasound procedures include:
  • Tendons and ligaments to identify injuries/lesions
  • Reproductive exams of a mare’s uterus and ovaries
  • Colic exams of the abdomen
  • Chest to look for fluid/pneumonia
  • Masses (abscesses, wounds, tumors, etc.)