"Is imaging a miniature horse, or a mule, the same as imaging a horse?"
YES. The protocol remains the same, both for preparation, and also for the imaging. A standard series of images is obtained to allow for systematic comparison of patient symmetry. All reports are fully interpreted by licensed veterinarians skilled in thermography.
"Can thermography detect pregnancy? Colic? Navicular syndrome?"
Thermography does not penetrate the surface of the patient. That said we cannot see deeper structures unless they are creating enough inflammation to radiate to the surface structures. Internal organs and structures buried beneath deep muscles are not likely to present patterns visible at the surface to thermography. Thus, thermography cannot detect pregnancy any earlier than your veterinarian can palpate the live fetus. By that time most gross changes in the mare are visible.
Colics cannot be diagnosed generally. However, inflammation or fever associated with systemic disease may be determine with the camera, and wildlife veterinarians are using the cameras for population counts and to determine if fevers may be present.
Yes, changes with navicular syndrome such as acute inflammation, or reduced circulation, may be detected with the camera and raise suspicions of navicular changes, but anatomic imaging, such as radiographs, is required for a diagnosis.
"How long does it take to scan my horse?"
Scanning generally takes 15-30 minutes depending on the patient. This includes a full series of 28-30 images including the hooves.
"What do I have to do to prepare my horse for a scan?"
A patient preparation form or specific instructions will be provided to you prior to your appointment. It is imperative that the instructions are followed for the best results. Any sun, wind, moisture, sweat, dirt, or topicals will destory the quality of the scan and render an incomplete interpretation.
"How long does it take to get the results?"
Interpretations generally take from 1-4 business days to complete.
"Is it safe?"
There is no dangerous radiation involved in thermal scanning. The procedure is safe for the horse, handler, and imager.