Equine Sports Medicine

Equine Sports Medicine Clinical Services

  • Pulmonary Center and Lung Function Laboratory: To the Pulmonology Center

  • Speed Treadmill: The high speed (Sato) treadmill is used to perform dynamic endoscopy, lameness evaluations , metabolic stress testing, and dynamic echocardiographic and electrocardiographic examinations.

  • Diagnostic Imaging: Tufts has been a pioneer in diagnostic imaging. Our capabilities include:

    • Nuclear Scintigraphy: Our radiology department was instrumental in developing nuclear scintigraphy for horses, and is fully equipped for all types of imaging studies. We have 5 board-certified radiologists on staff, three resident veterinarians training to become radiologists, and expert radiology staff. Our equipment includes:

      • Universal Medical Ultrasound
      • Ausonics HDI 3000 Ultrasound
      • Philips ceiling-mounted X-ray unit and dedicated room
      • Two portable Min-Ray X-ray units
      • Picker PQ 5000 spiral CT Scanner
      • Mirage SPECT acquisition/processing Nuclear Medicine Station with 75 photomultiplier Tube Siemens ZLC Gamma camera with LFOV detector surface. Staff have expertise in musculoskeletal disease and lung perfusion and ventilation studies.

      Dr. Mauricio Solano is the head of the nuclear scintigraphy facility

    • Ultrasound

    • Radiography

    • CT

    • MRI Can currently be used only in small animals or foals

  • Metabolic Stress Testing: Metabolic stress testing using the open respirometry method picture allows us to measure the horse's VO2max (article on VO2max) - this can help us monitor your horse's level of fitness. It is usually used for research purposes (albuterol study)

  • Figures 1,2, and 3: Click on the corresdponding highlighted words to see the imagesIndirect Calorimetry: Indirect calorimetry allows us to measure your horse's energy consumption while he is resting or working. Our state of the art VMax unit allows us to make measurements on animals as small as Miniature Horse Foals or as large as ponies. Adult horses are tested using a modification of the metabolic stress testing set-up. This helps us to monitor diet and energy use in a large variety of clinical situations. Indirect calorimetry is a non-invasive way to measure your horse's resting energy consumption. Your horse will be lightly sedated, and then will simply be asked to stand quietly for 20 - 30 minutes while wearing an open, light-weight mask. We will measure the horse's oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production, and use these values to obtain a value for resting energy expenditure. This can help us to evaluate your horse's response to some medications, help us to determine why your horse may be thin (or too fat!), and is also of great value as a research tool.

  • Force Plate for Gait Analysis

  • Orthopedic Research Laboratory: The Orthopedic Research Laboratory (ORL) provides a comprehensive range of clinical and research services at a central location which can rapidly and effectively address the orthopedic needs of our clinical patients, our regional industry partners and other investigators.

  • Farrier Facilities

  • Videoendoscopy: helps us diagnose upper airway problems that may be impossible to diagnose at rest. The horse is exercised at high speed while the videoendoscope is positioned so that we can see the upper airway on our monitor. Problems such as laryngeal paralysis, dorsal displacement of the soft palate, and epiglottic entrapment are definitively diagnosed this way.

  • Gastroscopy:

  • Cardiology: Our cardiology service offers both resting EKG and echocardiographic examinations as well as dynamic (treadmill) examinations.

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  • Dr. Shane DewittDentistry: We employ a full range of dentistry techniques and power tools. The picture is of Dr. Shane Dewitt, a large animal medicine resident, floating.