The Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine provides digital radiology services for equine patients in our hospital and on the farm through our equine field service. If you have questions about our services, please contact us.
Digital radiography is a technique where X-rays are digitally transmitted to a processor/computer. Instead of having to “develop” the film, the “captured image” can be viewed directly on the screen/processor. On critical cases, an immediate diagnosis can often be made based on the immediate images. However, the resolution on the screen available on the farm is not as good as that in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital; therefore, images are always taken back to the hospital for viewing and to make a final diagnosis. Because of the differences in resolution, small lesions are sometimes only visible on the higher imaging viewers at the hospital. As images can be viewed immediately after taking them, it can quickly be determined if additional images are needed. This eliminates trips back to the farm to take repeat views.
Equine Field Services currently uses MinXray portable X-ray machines and an Eklin Mark III system with a portable screen that shows and processes the images immediately.
More information about in-hospital digital radiology is available on the VTH Diagnostic Imaging page.