Diagnostics and Exams

Lameness Exam

Lameness, whether in a performance horse or in a pleasure horse, is frustrating and costly for horse owners. We understand the impact that lameness has on horse owners and the horse industry – that is why both veterinarians are heavily involved in ISELP (International Society of Equine Locomotor Pathology). Dr. Sorum is ISELP-certified and is now an instructor at courses. Dr. Pastrana is working towards her certification, and both of them regularly attend these conferences. ISELP is focused on advanced equine anatomy, biomechanics, imaging, and rehabilitation.  

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Digital X-Ray

Each doctor carries portable digital X-ray equipment. Our systems are the highest quality with the most detailed images produced instantly. We most commonly use radiography for investigating lameness, but we also offer dental imaging, farrier/foot balance studies, and OCD screening for young horses. 

 

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Ultrasound

Each doctor carries a portable ultrasound machine with several different probes to image nearly every part of the body. We invest in the latest ultrasound technology in order to get the most detailed information on your horse. Both doctors regularly attend ultrasound courses all over the US and abroad in order to hone their skills and be confident in imaging almost any anatomical structure of your horse. Because of these advanced skills, we rarely have a need for advanced imaging such as MRI or Bone scans. Dr. Sorum has focused heavily on ultrasounding the axial skeleton – neck, back, and pelvis – in order to find sources of pain in performance horses and treat those areas with ultrasound guided injections. Dr. Pastrana offers ultrasound pregnancy checks and fetal check ups.  

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Endoscopy - Upper Airway

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We have a portable video endoscope to investigate respiratory tract from the nasal passages down to the entrance to the lungs. This is a helpful tool for pre-purchase exams, especially for racing or endurance horses who cannot tolerate decreased air flow. We most commonly use this modality for sick horses, we can see where the infection is coming from (guttural pouches, trachea, sinus, etc.) as well as use the scope to acquire samples. 

Endoscopy - Gastroscope

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Have you worried about your horse’s stomach? The only way to diagnose gastric ulcers in horses is by visualizing the entire stomach. The process is simple, and can be done with regular sedation at home in your horse’s stall. Gastroscopy allows us to see whether or not your horse’s stomach is normal, and if it is abnormal – how bad are the ulcers? What kind of ulcers are we dealing with? This allows us to tailor a specific treatment for your horse’s specific problem.  Signs of gastric ulcers include frequent colic, poor appetite, diarrhea, poor body condition and coat, cinchy behavior, poor performance, reluctance to move out, spookiness