phd diagnostics

The diagnostic services provided by Performance Horse Doc Veterinary Services are focused on dealing with medical and surgical conditions that compromise sport horse performance. The categories of diagnostic procedures include radiology, endoscopy, ultrasound, and gastroscopy. The majority of cases seen by PHD veterinary services and Dr. Porter involve conditions which result in some degree of lameness. These types of cases require a thorough lameness exam followed by diagnostic nerve blocks and the appropriate imaging. The imaging may involve digital radiography and/or digital ultrasound. PHD veterinary services use "real-time" digital x-rays and ultrasound to accurately diagnose the cause of the lameness. In some cases, "poor" performance may not be associated with lameness but rather due to respiratory disease, cardio-pulmonary disease, or metabolic disease. In these types of cases, Dr. Porter combines his specialty training in large animal internal medicine with diagnostic tools such as gastroscopy, endoscopy, ultrasound, and radiology to discern the cause of the poor performance.

Endoscopy: Video endoscopy is used to evaluate the upper and lower airway of horses. Common structures that are evaluated include the nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, and guttural pouches.
Gastroscopy: Video endoscopy plus a 3 meter scope is used to assess the equine stomach for the presence of gastric ulcers. In addition to the stomach, the esophagus and duodenum are commonly examined via gastroscopy.
Ultrasound: Digital ultrasound provides a sensitive assessment of the musculoskeletal system with emphasis on the soft tissues and joint surfaces. In addition, ultrasound is used to evaluate the abdominal organs, heart and lungs.
Radiology: Digital radiography provides "real time" assessment of the musculoskeletal system including bones, joints, and surrounding soft tissue. In addition to the limbs, digital radiography is used to study the skull, cervical spine, thoracic spine, and chest.