Scintigraphy (or Nuclear Scintigraphy) is an imaging technique most often used to identify abnormalities of the skeleton. It uses radioactive tracers to identify any changes in bone metabolism, before they become visible on radiographs (x-rays). Chesney had this type of scan a few years ago to help diagnose his front limb lameness.
Horses are usually sedated for the scan because the images take 1-3 minutes and the horse must be completely still during this time. It is a totally safe procedure but because of the use of radioactive substances there are regulations and procedures which must be followed.
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