How To: Examine the Equine Stifle

We at IMV imaging are delighted to launch our new video series focusing on imaging of the equine stifle. This free four-part "how-to" video series aims to help you gain confidence in using ultrasound and X-ray to examine the equine stifle.

Video 1- Introduction, equipment, and horse preparation

In the first part of this four-part series on ultrasonography of the equine stifle from IMV imaging, the basic principles of patient preparation, environmental factors, and machine settings are discussed. By optimizing all these factors, image quality and therefore the resultant diagnostic quality of an ultrasound examination can be maximized. 

 

Equine Stifle Video 2: Dorsal stifle- Patellar ligaments

Part two of this four-part stifle imaging series concerns the approach to a comprehensive ultrasonographic evaluation of the middle, medial, and lateral patellar ligaments of the stifle, from evaluation of their origins on the distal aspect of the patella to their insertions onto the tibial tuberosity.

 

Equine Stifle Video 3: Cranial and medial stifle

Part three of this four-part stifle imaging series starts with a demonstration of how to evaluate the cranial articular surface of the femoropatellar joint (the trochlear ridges and groove of the femur). The medial aspect of the stifle, including the medial meniscus, medial collateral ligament and a pouch of the medial femorotibial joint, is then assessed.  

 

Equine Stifle Video 4: Lateral stifle

In the final video of this four-part series from IMV imaging, the approach to ultrasonography of the lateral aspect of the stifle is shown. The structures evaluated include the joint tendinous origins of the long digital extensor and peroneus tertius muscles, the collateral ligament, lateral meniscus, popliteus tendon. 

 

 

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