The Best Method Available for the early detection of
musculo-skeletal and neurological injuries.


Inevitably, minor injuries occur with horses and may lead to more permanent damage
if they are ignored or not identified and treated appropriately.
 
Unfortunately for the horse, some injuries can go undiagnosed or are difficult to identify with current methods of examination.
 
An advantage with DITI is the ability to quickly and easily image the whole horse. Multiple injuries, stress sites or referred pain syndromes are often seen in scans which can very often indicate the cause as well as the symptoms of a problem.
 

 
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (D.I.T.I.)
 

is filling the gap in Equine diagnosis.
Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging (DITI) is an advanced diagnostic technique that is now making an impact on veterinary medicine.
 
If you have made substantial investments in time, money, effort and devotion in your horse, your goal will be to have a pain free, happy horse, performing to the best of his athletic ability. Having DITI available as an assessment tool is the next best thing to having a horse who can tell you exactly where it hurts!
 
Unlike most diagnostic tests D.I.T.I. is non-invasive and there are no risks or side effects. Images, or “Thermograms”, can be taken of the whole body or just areas under investigation.

 
  
By detecting thermal asymmetries, DITI offers the trainer, owner and vets a revealing look at their horses, enabling them to identify and treat problems with both soft-tissue and bone before it results in lameness or permanent damage.

This system can be used in most clinics and stables and tests take about 15 minutes.

DITI can provide information about an animals response to treatment as well as the effects of injury, disease or prescribed treatment. An advantage with the DITI is the ability to quickly and easily image the whole horse.
 
The system was designed and built with a single objective….. to provide sufficient specificity and sensitivity for medical and veterinary diagnostic imaging…. at an economic cost.
   
 
 

 

Severe inflammatory processes occurring in fetlock joints. Note increased sympathetic
activity (hypothermic) in left foot.

 

 

Standard bred racehorse with inflammatory process local to right sacroiliac joint.
DITI indicates sacroiliac instability.

 

 

Thoroughbred dressage horse with diffuse inflammation right thoracic limb.
DITI shows deep digital flexor tendon involvement.
 

 

 

Thoroughbred racehorse with left forelimb lameness. DITI confirms diagnosis of inflammation dorsal left shoulder.

 

 
Racehorse with bilateral hind limb lameness of unknown origin. DITI indicates serious back pathology.
 

 
Thoroughbred racehorse presented with non specific back pain and poor performance. Thermography indicated primary back pathology. Since this was a primary not secondary pathology an appropriate treatment & training protocol was established.
 

 
Subsequent scan indicates excellent response to treatment by trainer. Horse won in the city at first start back.
 

 
Thoroughbred presented with ongoing back
pain. Treatment by equine physio proving unsatisfactory. DITI indicates inflammatory processes dorsomedial right hock. Temperature differentials consistent with osteoarthritis of distal hock joints. Therefore, back pain secondary to hock pathology.
 
 

 
Warmblood presents with non specific forelimb lameness. DITI indicates inflammatory process dorsomedial right knee. Temperature differentials consistent with ligament strain.
 

 
Standardbred racehorse with non specific lameness of unknown origin. DITI shows increased sympathetic function
distal left hock.
 

 
Horse was presented with non specific intermittent lameness. DITI showed focal inflammation in the medial left knee. X-ray revealed a small chip fracture at exactly the location indicated by thermogram.
 
 

 
Slight lameness after a gallop. DITI confirmed a localized inflammation at the bottom of the right tendon consistent with an over-reach injury. Follow up scans indicated when it was safe to resume work.
 

 
Difficult to diagnose, uneven gait in front limbs. DITI shows inflammation in the front of the left shoulder. Treatment to this area quickly resolved the problem.
 
 

 
Pony presented with acute lameness in
left foot, "hoof testers" indicated soreness throughout toe region. DITI showed local-
ized inflammation in the sole over the medial toe. An abscess was drained here.
 

 
Horse scanned for suspected sacral problems showed inflammation over four thoracic vertebrae in the wither. Traced to damaged saddle causing injury.
 

 
Racehorse pulled up "sore."
DITI detected inflammation over medial sesamoid of left fetlock. Ultrasound showed
some detachment of sesamoidean ligament
 

 
 
 
 
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