Baseline screening is a valuable tool for any horse owner whether you are competing at the top level, a happy hacker or bringing horses back into work after a well-earned rest or an injury. The idea of baseline screening is to collect reliable data that can be archived for future comparisons.
Digital infrared thermographic imaging (DITI) is a test of physiology and is most helpful when used to monitor changes over time, which in turn can help to localise future injuries and signs of disease at an early stage. Understanding what is “normal” for your horse is a vital part of monitoring changes to his health. Our screening service can build an objective picture of your horse’s norm and provides a non-invasive way monitor them throughout their lifetime.
The technology is non-invasive, sedation free and affordable. Our team can visit your stables to collect data and screening is stress-free for most horses. Once we have collected the initial data you will be able to use the technology to assist with diagnosis in the future, monitor changes and help identify numerous conditions.
When is the best time to have a baseline scan?
Collecting data when your horse is healthy and sound provides a good scientific basis for future monitoring. Screening horses that have recently been purchased has also proven helpful along with screening before they return to work.
The cost of a baseline scan with Gracie Herring Vet-IR and Equine Services is $200 and includes a full body scan, dynamic testing (exercise testing), post exercise re-scan along with the archiving of all images in our veterinary system ready for future comparisons.