From the Horse's Mouth:
I thought you and Mike and Joanna would find this follow up super interesting.
I have included the report on ---Was an undiagnosable lameness on the left side) which ended up worse after he had an MRI to try to diagnose the subtle lameness in the first place. (Which was thought to be a small tear in the high suspensory left side). The vets at Texas A&M kept insisting that --- was so lame after the MRI because he had suffered from had partial femoral paralysis due to being left too long on his left side during the MRI. The owner had me do the imaging to try to pinpoint what was the issue.
The only thing that kept coming up in the report which Joanna noted was the left hock. After the report came back the owner took the horse back to the vets at ... and they injected the left hock joint. This helped him slighty but he remained pretty lame still on the left side for the last 6 weeks!!!
Finally the owner took him back last week to Texas A&M for a 2nd MRI and...sure enough there is a fracture in the left hock!!! Which is what the imaging is picking up. (Unfortunately this could have been remedied alot quicker if the vets at ... just re xrayed the left hock after they saw how inflammed it looked in the report... But...hindsight is 20/20 as they say.
Anyway...the second MRI picked up the fracture. Now what the vets there realize is that the first original diagnosis of a small suspensory tear in the upper left, was actually a hairline fracture... Now after knowing the full story it is pretty amazing to look at the report and see what the imaging picked up!! I think the vets at ... are now reazlizing they should have taken the imaging more seriously and x- rayed the hock to see what was going on. At least now they realize that.
Jennifer Weems CIT, CMWT
This horse had an undiagnosable lameness issue on the right hind. I sent the regular vet the report the day before he was coming out to do an extensive lameness exam. Dr. D looked at the report and thought that the findings on image #23 (which Dr. Tibbits picked up on) was very significant. He blocked out the right hind suspensory and the horse immediately went sound.
He was not entirely convinced that the effected area was the suspensory ligament or possibly the pastern joint or possibly both.
So Max was supposed to go to have an MRI to specifically pinpoint the issue. But the imaging and the report helped Dr. D figure out where to exactly look and where to block. Everyone involved was very impressed.
Just forwarded the report to my client via her blackberry as she is at Leesburg now. The horse has 6 degrees rotation in the LF and 8 on the RF. The report is in the hands of their farrier to assess potential abscesses and their locations. They ran a CBC this morning and she is meeting with the nutritionist later today. I will see her next week to take core samples of her hay to send to E qui-Analytical and discuss follow up imaging with her. Joanna knocked the report out of the park as usual.
Wow - the report is extremely informative and tells me where we are on the right track and some additional areas we need to focus on.
Thank you for your help in pulling this together for me. I do plan to
do periodic scans going forward to monitor our progress. Amazing
I know it is nice to hear positive feedback so here it is.....Thank you for the great job you do.