Suspensory Ligament Injury - Equine
This was presented for a lameness examination after showing evidence of an injury to the left fore leg.
Physiological Screen with Digital Thermal Imaging
Thirty-eight digital thermal images were captured with a Digatherm IR camera.
Areas of hyperthermia were noted medially along the entire length of the left metacarpus with a focal areas medially at level 4, proximal to left medial sesamoid, and over the left lateral sesamoid (Fig. 1).
There was an average of a 3.65°C difference in the thermal gradients when compared to the same anatomical areas on the right fore limb.
An ultrasound image confirmed core lesions within suspensory ligament (Fig. 2). The confirmed lesions corresponded to the locations of hyperthermia.
Fig. 1 – Posterior – anterior thermogram of the distal fore limbs showing hyperthermia in the left fore limb.
Fig. 2 – Ultrasound image
Ryan Meeks DVM
Peterson & Smith Equine Hospital