Digital radiography is a form of X-ray imaging and is another tool the Hospital for Large Animals at the Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts uses for diagnosing problems in patients. In the large animal routine radiographic suite, images of bone and soft tissue are 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 veterinarians at the Hospital for Large Animals to easily share the images electronically with colleagues, clients and their primary veterinarians.
While some equine hospitals are limited to imaging only the legs of a horse, a high-powered Philips X-ray tube allows clinicians and staff at the Hospital for Large Animals 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.