Endoscopy is used to visualise areas of the horse which we struggle to see with other imaging modalities. At Nantwich we have a wide variety of endoscopes including video-endoscopy (where the image may be viewed on a monitor) and small portable endoscopes which can be used on the road. We also have access to a state of the art dynamic endoscope system which can be fitted to the horse while it is exercising and records images which can then be reviewed. This allows diagnosis of many conditions which only occur at exercise and cannot otherwise be accurately seen or treated.
The Upper Respiratory Tract - nasal passages, pharynx, larynx, guttural pouches, trachea and also the sinuses through a small trephine site.
This can be used as a part of poor performance examinations to evaluate the respiratory tract for excessive mucus within the lungs or as an aid to the diagnosis of upper respiratory tract obstructions or abnormal respiratory noise.
The Gastro-intestinal Tract - oesophagus, stomach, duodenum.
Gastric ulceration is a ‘buzz’ subject these days with it affecting a large number of horses and a gastroscopic examination is the only way to diagnose this condition and which area of the stomach is affected.
The Urinary Tract - urethra and bladder.
This allows for the diagnosis of urinary problems including bladder stones and tears within the urethra.
The Mares Reproductive Tract - vagina, cervix and uterus.
This may become an important part in helping to diagnose and treat the infertile mare.