August 2020

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Reflections on Extension Arm Ultrasound

Having an ultrasound has benefited both of my practices! In the original of the two locations it has given us the opportunity to expand our diagnostic options in the small animal side and enhance our large animal pregnancy examination techniques. We use our unit on a wide array of issues from viewing the urogenital tract and diagnosing pregnancies in small animals, noting fetal counts in small ruminants, pregnancy diagnosis in horses and cows and looking at the internal structures of masses, abscesses and more.

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Why pregnancy test beef herds? Because you need to know!

Why pregnancy test beef cows? Because you need to know… By Dr. Andrew Bronson Back in the 80s as a young veterinarian, I was confronted several times by successful ranchers that said that pregnancy testing mature beef cows did not pay. These comments went against everything that I had been taught in veterinary school. And of course, I wanted their pregnancy testing business. I spent countless hours doing partial budgets on keeping open cows over the winter and marketing them in the spring after calving season ended.

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What Type of Ultrasound is Right For Me?

Which ultrasound is right for me? Here at ReproScan, this is one of the most common questions we hear. Well, the first questions I ask are: What are you doing? How often are you performing that exam? What other exams do you hope to perform? We will work with you to choose the best probe type for what you are doing. There is not a one size fits all answer, which is why we love talking with you to help you choose the best ultrasound package for YOU.

May 2020

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Equine Reproductive Ultrasound-Considerations and Timing

Considerations: There are many ways to diagnose pregnancy in a mare, however ultrasound stands out as the most useful and versatile. While manual palpation can diagnose pregnancy and potentially twins, it can’t show a fetal heartrate or consistently diagnose placentitis. Only ultrasound can show fetal health, birth defects, placentitis, and allow for accurate fetal aging. It also allows for the monitoring of cervical tone, uterine edema, and follicular development while preparing to breed a mare.

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Real ReproScan Dr. Mack

I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Lauren Mack The Animal Hospital since she purchased her first ReproScan machine in 2016. She was not against the ReproArm, but Extension Arm technology was not her preferred method of preg checking…until the other day. *It’s important to note that Dr. Mack and her husband are expecting a little boy pretty soon! After an early morning telephone crash course on ReproArm technique, I get a text, ”…that was AWESOME” she had used the ReproArm for the first time.

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Ultrasound Pregnancy Testing Beef Cows – Why, How and When.

Ultrasound sound equipment for pregnancy testing cattle has changed significantly since it became available in the 1990’s. Today’s ultrasound equipment is more portable, more affordable and more adapted to the conditions at the cattle chute. Let’s start with the “why pregnancy test” question. The most obvious answer is that we want to identify the open unproductive cows so they can be removed from the herd. Let’s slow down here and think this about this more.

April 2020

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Using Small Ruminant Ultrasound to Build Your Practice

Marketing sonographic examination for pregnancy diagnosis and gestational aging can be a great way to break into the camelid and small ruminant community and service producers as few practitioners are currently offering that service. There are a few considerations to take into account when preparing to add this service to your practice. If you have ultrasound ability for cattle clients, you can probably integrate ultrasound into small ruminants and camelids as a profit center into your practice.

March 2020

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Equine/Bovine Sonographic Evaluation of the Orbital Space and Eye

Ultrasound is an excellent, if under-utilized modality for imaging the equine or bovine eye. While you may not see a daily caseload of trauma to the periorbit, adnexa, or globe, when you do, a convex or micro convex probe can be used to provide key information relating to the structures involved, the severity of the injury, and prognosis. Cases that may benefit from this include chronic swelling of the eyelid or adnexal structures, foreign bodies, retrobulbar abscesses, lens luxation, retinal detachment, and uveitis.

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Equine Flexor Tendon Ultrasound

There are three indications for tendon ultrasound in the horse: screening for historic injuries, monitoring progress of an injury, and evaluating tendons and ligaments because of a lameness localized to that limb. For the most part, this means that either during the examination process, or at a previous examination, you will have used a lameness exam and other modalities to localize the site of your examination. Often times, it may be desirable to ultrasound the corresponding sites on the opposite limb as compensatory lameness can occur due to excess stress on the tendon.

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Application of ReproScan ultrasound equipment in the reproductive management of sheep and goats.

1. C60 3.5 MHz T handled probe units ReproScan ultrasound equipment with C60 probes are ideal for sheep and goats. The C60 probe gives a depth of scan over 20 cm which is necessary for view the fetus and uterus. The T handle is comfortable to hold and allows the person to press the probe deep into the inguinal area for better contact and targeted scanning. 2. 4.0 MHz convex rectal probe units.


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