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Digital Ultrasound

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Ultrasonography is a valuable medical imaging tool in equine medicine; it can be used to diagnose injuries and illnesses involving several body systems, as well as to monitor the healing process and to assess response to treatment.

Faculty specialists at the EMC use digital ultrasound to evaluate the heart, lungs, gastrointestinal tract, abdominal organs, eyes, muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, and bone surfaces.

Ultrasound provides a safe and accurate guide to obtain biopsies from diseased organs such as the liver, kidneys, and lungs, and minimizes the risk of injuring adjacent vital structures.

Ultrasound is also used to guide extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which delivers high-pressure pulses of acoustic wave energy to injured tendons, ligaments, and bones to stimulate healing and to provide pain relief.

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Our expertise

  • Dr. Anne Desrochers completed a fellowship in Cardiology and Ultrasound and is an experienced clinician in performing digital ultrasound exams, evaluating the results, and instructing others in the procedure.
  • Our surgeons are highly skilled in performing digital ultrasound exams on tendons, ligaments, and joints, and evaluating the results.
  • We utilize state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment with specialized probes for imaging tendons and hearts.

Advances in ultrasonography

Ultrasound, a diagnostic tool that utilizes high frequency sound waves and their echoes to produce two-dimensional black and white images, was first introduced in equine medicine in the 1970s. It was initially used for monitoring reproduction cycles and pregnancy in broodmares.

In the early 1980s, the use of ultrasound was extended to the evaluation of tendon and ligament injuries.

With further technological advancements, the use of ultrasound has expanded considerably and now allows the assessment of a wide variety of organs and skeletal structures.

Appointments for Digital Ultrasound

  • For an appointment or for more information, call (703) 771-6800 or email emcinfo@vt.edu.
  • View the Client Care Packet (PDF) to learn more about the facilities, services, staffing, and policies at the EMC.