Standing low-field magnetic resonance imaging of a comminuted central tarsal bone fracture in a horse

Authors: 
D. M. Bolt, R. M. Read, R. Weller, C. Sinclair, F. H. David
Volume: 
25
Number: 
12
Pages: 
618-623
Journal: 
Equine Veterinary Education
Date: 
December 2013

This report describes the use of low-field standing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the diagnosis and clinical decision making process in a 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood mare with a comminuted central tarsal bone fracture. Magnetic resonance imaging in the standing horse was preferred over computed tomography examination under general anaesthesia because the animal had sustained the injury during a poor recovery from a previous general anaesthetic episode. Magnetic resonance imaging examination identified a comminuted central tarsal bone fracture with a configuration that was not identifiable with radiography. Due to extensive comminution of this fracture, conservative management was pursued. Standing low-field MRI examination enabled safe examination of this animal and provided useful diagnostic information whilst facilitating the clinical decision making process.