Authors: Jennifer N. King, Chad J. Zubrod, Robert K. Schneider, Sarah N. Sampson and Greg Roberts
Journal: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

Two hundred and thirty-two horses with lameness localized to the metacarpo(tarso)phalangeal (MCP/MTP) region without a radiographic diagnosis were evaluated. All horses had high-field magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of the MCP/MTP region performed for the lame limb and the contralateral limb for comparison. There were 46 horses that had bilateral abnormalities in the forelimbs; 27 of these horses were not lame in the contralateral limb at the time of examination. Bilateral hind limb abnormalities were observed in 37 horses; 22 horses were not lame in the contralateral limb.

Category: Equine - Lameness - MRI
Authors: Natasha M. Werpy, Charles P. Ho, E. B. Garcia and Christopher E. Kawcak
Journal: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

Eight skeletally mature equine cadaver distal forelimbs were imaged using T2-weighted fast spin echo (FSE) sequences in a 1.0 T horizontal bore magnet. Each limb was parallel to the main magnetic field and with 16° angulation of the limb relative to the main magnetic field, which places one of the collateral ligaments of the distal interphalangeal joint at or near the magic angle. Each limb was imaged using an echo time (TE) of 80, 100, 120, and 140 ms. Reversal of the magic angle effect was achieved at echo time of 140 ms.

Category: Equine - Ligament - MRI
Authors: S. Claerhoudt, H. J. Bergman , H. van der Veen, L. Duchateau, E. V. Raes , K. Vanderperren, J. H. Saunders
Journal: Veterinary and Comparative Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Objectives: To compare the difference and agreement of the morphology of distal border synovial invaginations on a dorsoproximal-palmarodistal oblique (DPr-PaDiO) projection with hoof-specific angle versus computed tomography. Methods: Computed tomography (CT) images and a DPr-PaDiO radiographic projection with hoof-specific angle were obtained on 50 cadaveric forefeet from 25 Warmblood horses. Computed tomography was assumed to be the gold standard.

Authors: Chad A. Marsh, Robert K. Schneider, Sarah N. Sampson, Greg D. Roberts
Journal: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association

Objective—To determine treatment outcome on the basis of pathological changes identified on MRI and lameness duration in horses with navicular syndrome that underwent injection of corticosteroid and hyaluronan into the navicular bursa.

Design—Retrospective case series.

Animals—101 horses with navicular syndrome.

Category: Equine - Lameness - MRI - Podiatry - Treatment
Authors: Maïa Vanel, Julien Olive, Sarah Gold, Richard D. Mitchell and Lea Walker
Journal: Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound

Deep digital flexor (DDF) tendinopathy is one of the most frequent causes of foot lameness and the prognosis is guarded. The progress of lesion healing may be followed by magnetic resonance (MR) imaging to formulate a prognosis and to adapt the rehabilitation program. We assessed the correlation of outcome with total tendon damage and temporal resolution of MR abnormalities. Images from 34 horses with DDF tendinopathy that had undergone at least two low-field standing MR examinations of the foot (mean 2.5 ± 1.3 times) were reviewed.

Category: Equine - MRI - Tendon
Authors: C. A. Tranquille, T. D. H. Parkin and R. C. Murray
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal


Reasons for performing the study: Lateral condylar (LC) fractures of the third metacarpus (McIII) are a common reason for euthanasia in racehorses, and may be the result of repetitive overloading or cumulative pathological change. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows monitoring of bone and cartilage to detect pathological and adaptive changes that may be precursors of fracture.

Objectives: To describe bone and cartilage MRI features in the distal condyles of McIII of Thoroughbred racehorses, with and without condylar fracture.

Category: Bone - Equine - Imaging - MRI - Traumatology
Authors: S. Dyson, T. Blunden and R. Murray
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal


Reasons for performing study: There is limited knowledge about both histological features in early navicular disease and what histological features are represented by increased signal intensity in fat-suppressed magnetic resonance (MR) images of the navicular bone.

Objective: To characterise increased signal intensity in the spongiosa of the navicular bone in fat-suppressed MR images and to compare this with histopathology; and to compare objective grading of all aspects of the navicular bone on MR images with histological findings.

Category: Equine - Imaging - Lameness - MRI
Authors: M. A. Smith, S. J. Dyson and R. C. Murray
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal


Reasons for performing study: To determine the reliability of 2 magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems for detection of cartilage and bone lesions of the equine fetlock.

Authors: A. C. Young, A. N. Dimock, S. M. Puchalski, B. Murphy and M. Spriet
Journal: Equine Veterinary Journal


Reasons for performing study

Osseous resorption of the flexor surface of the distal phalanx of the horse has been identified previously using magnetic resonance (MR) imaging; however, little is known about the prevalence and characteristics of this lesion.


To establish the MR prevalence of resorptive lesions in the flexor surface of the distal phalanx and identify concurrent lesions associated with this finding and associations between the MR and radiographic findings.


Authors: El-Sayed A.A. El-Shafaey, Gamal I.A. Karrouf, Adel E.I. Zaghloul
Journal: Journal of Equine Veterinary Science

Little is known about using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in evaluating the healing properties of superficial digital flexor tenorrhaphy in equines. The present study was designed to carry out in vivo comparative evaluation of normal and repaired superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) in donkeys, based on MRI, ultrasonography, clinical and histopathological features.

Category: Equine - Imaging - MRI - Tendon - Ultrasound