Scintigraphic, radiographic, and thermographic appearance of the metacarpal and metatarsal regions of adult healthy horses treated with nonfocused extracorporeal shock wave therapy - A pilot study

Mauro Verna, Tracy A. Turner, Kari L. Anderson

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Abstract

Nonfocused extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) is commonly used in veterinary practice. This study investigated the effects of four nonfocused ESWT treatments, given 2 weeks apart, on bone radiopharmaceutical uptake and radiographic and thermographic appearance in the metacarpal and metatarsal regions in six adult untrained horses. There were no measurable treatment effects determined by thermography (daily), scintigraphy (at 2-week intervals), and radiography (before study initiation and at study completion) between treated and control limbs. It was concluded that no gross evidence of bone remodeling is detectable by conventional clinical assessment when nonfocused ESWT is applied to healthy equine metacarpal or metatarsal bone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-276
Number of pages9
JournalVeterinary Therapeutics
Volume6
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2005

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