At Hambleton Equine we have scintigraphy equipment that can generate the best images to help us diagnose the cause of your horse’s problem. Nuclear scintigraphy is typically used to help diagnose lameness cases where the signs are vague, subtle or there is a multitude of simultaneous problems. However, it can also be useful in diagnosing other diseases such as dental disease or certain neurological conditions.
Nuclear Scintigraphy – otherwise known as Bone Scan, works by injecting a radiopharmaceutical agent that congregates in areas of increased bone activity. This harmless injectable solution gathers in areas and are measured by a gamma camera. The resulting image is a picture ‘hot spots’ which indicate where disease may be occurring such as arthritis, stress fractures or where a chronic ligament strain is affecting the bone. It also allows us to identify painful areas in the back, sacroiliac and pelvic regions.