Diagnostic Testing


Diagnostic Testing

Carolina Equine Hospital has state-of-the-art equipment to perform complete diagnostic evaluations of horses with a variety of health conditions. Our board-certified veterinarians utilize advanced equipment both at your farm and at our hospital to diagnose health issues. Diagnostic testing services include: 

Digital Radiography

Radiography (X-rays) are ideal for studying your horse’s bones. Carolina Equine Hospital uses digital X-rays for pre-purchase exams and to help detect lameness in equines that can be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Bone spurs (a sign of osteoarthritis)
  • Fractures
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Congenital deformities
  • Bone disease
  • Bone chips

Digital Ultrasound 

Both tendon and reproductive ultrasonography are available at your farm or our hospital. Ultrasound is the preferred modality for examining soft tissues such as the intestines, kidneys, and spleen, and is useful for:

  • Examining tendons/ligaments
  • Monitoring pregnancies
  • Identifying pelvic fractures
  • Detecting fluid in the abdomen to aid in diagnosing thoracic disease
  • Detecting pneumonia
  • Examining tumors
  • Finding the cause of colic

Video Endoscopy 

Endoscopy can be used to detect problems in the upper airway, bladder, and guttural pouches.


Gastroscopy is a relatively non-invasive procedure that involves passing a three-meter video endoscope into the stomach to check for ulcers. 

Routine Blood Panel Screening
Routine blood work establishes a baseline for comparison if your horse later becomes ill. Blood work can also be used to detect inflammation, infection, liver disease, or kidney disease

Genetic Testing
Carolina Equine Hospital has the capability to run this labwork on site for emergency analysis.

Does Your Horse Need to be Checked by a Vet?

If your horse has troubling symptoms or simply needs a routine check-up, you can trust the experienced equine specialists at Carolina Equine Hospital to provide prompt and compassionate care. Call us at   336-349-4048- or request an appointment online.


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