Use of thermography in Thoroughbred horses

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  • Accepted : 2002.03.12
  • Published : 2002.06.29


The aim of this study was to investigate the usefulness and effectiveness of thermography in horse. Total 21 horses associated with locomotors, wound, and ophthalmic disease were investigated. Thermographically, the wannest area in normal limb was coronary band ($27.26^{\circ}C$), and carpus, metacarpus, fetlock, and pastern area were $26.64^{\circ}C$, $24.42^{\circ}C$, $23.64^{\circ}C$ and $23.06^{\circ}C$, respectively. The temperature($^{\circ}C$) of horses with lameness, swelling, nervous, ataxia was lower(cold spot) than surrounding tissue or symmetry area, and with heat, signs of inflammation was increased(hot spot). These results suggest that the thermography is useful for the early detection of locomotors, wound, and ophthalmic disease in horse and an excellent adjunct to clinical examination.


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