Nuclear Medicine, also called Scintigraphy or Bone Scan, is the detection of gamma rays emitted from the decay of a radionuclide injected intravenously into the patient. Bone that is stressed or repairing from an injury will absorb an amount of the radiopharmaceutical to show a “hot spot” on the gamma camera.
Animal Imaging has the capability to scan the entire horse, front half, back half, or a region of interest. A region of interest includes up to 10 images.
An important aspect of scintigraphy is the post-scan lameness exam. These results are communicated to the referring veterinarian and a diagnostic or treatment plan is then developed.