Heart ultrasound (echo) images:
Imaging of the heart is indicated when a horse has a murmur or arrythmia heard with a stethoscope. It can also be helpful in cases of poor performance, fever, or fluid accumulation in the tissues. The examples below show a bacterial growth on a horses heart valve. The second and third image show how we can use advanced ultrasound technology to detail blood flow and heart chamber size & movements. We can ultrasound the heart of a horse as part of a pre-purchase exam if a murmur is detected. This helps to determine the significance of the murmur and the expected prognosis for competition.