Routine Radiographs

Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging and is another tool we use for diagnosing problems in our patients. In our large animal routine radiographic suite, images of bone and soft tissue are now taken using digital sensors as opposed to the traditional photographic method. The advantages of the digital format include the ability to manipulate the images on a computer, magnify lesions and enhance certain areas in order to better visualize the problem. The digital method also allows us to easily share the images electronically with colleagues and clients.

Unlike some equine hospitals, the Hospital for Large Animals at the Cummings School is not limited to imaging the legs of the horse. A high-powered Philips X-ray tube allows us to take radiographs of a horse’s chest, neck, back and head as well.

Another imaging tool used at the hospital is myelography, a radiographic examination that uses injected dye to detect pathology of the spinal cord. A myelogram is performed on an anesthetized horse and is able to pick up dynamic lesions of the cervical vertebra through flexion of the head and neck.

Please contact the Hospital for Large Animals to make an appointment.

Hospital for Large Animals
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
53 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536
Phone: (508) 839-7926
Fax: (508) 839-7931
Emergency Services: (508) 839-7926