Article Text

Equine Practice
Radiography of the horse
  1. Svend Kold

    Svend Kold graduated from Copenhagen in 1979. He spent over 10 years at the Animal Health Trust, during which time he gained a PhD on femorotibial subchondral bone cysts. After a sabbatical year at Colorado State University, he joined the Willesley Equine Clinic in Gloucestershire, where he is a partner. He is an RCVS Specialist in Equine Orthopaedic Surgery.

  2. Jan Butler

    Jan Butler has many years experience in the field of equine radiology. She was based at the Animal Health Trust from 1975 to 1997, and now works at the Willesley Equine Clinic. She is coauthor of Clinical Radiology of the Horse, published by Blackwell Publishing, and has lectured on equine radiography and radiation safety.

2. Foot and pastern


THE foot and pastern of the horse must be the most frequently implicated region in terms of lameness. Recent years have seen an increase in the use of, and some confusion in the interpretation of, diagnostic (intra-articular and perineural) analgesia in this region. With this in mind, and the fact that improved ultrasonographic facilities and sporadic availability of magnetic resonance imaging have not reduced the demand for high quality diagnostic radiographs of the foot and phalanges, it is important that veterinary surgeons in equine practice keep abreast of developments in radiographic techniques. This article discusses ways of enhancing radiography of this region and provides examples of radiological conditions frequently seen in practice.

Statistics from

If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.