Pain and/or restricted movement are the most common causes of gait abnormalities or lameness.
The Hospital for Large Animals at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts provides a comprehensive range of clinical lameness services that can rapidly and effectively address the orthopedic needs of patients. The faculty and staff have experience with clinical assessments in a broad range of species, including equines and other large animals.
Lameness evaluations take place within the Hospital for Large Animals. An array of sophisticated equipment and services includes:
- Toshiba Aquilion spiral CT scanner
- Digital X-rays
- 1.5-Tesla Siemens MRI
- Nuclear scintigraphy or bone scan via a Siemens LFOV Gamma Camera
- Digitized fluoroscopy with Shimadzu RS-110 remote machine
- Video endoscopy
- High-speed treadmill
- Comprehensive surgical facilities
- High-resolution Ultrasound
All of these and more support the highly skilled, board-certified faculty clinicians to diagnose and treat patients. In addition, the digital equipment at the Hospital for Large Animals allows for the easy sharing of data—including X-rays and other images—with clients and their primary veterinarians.