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Navicular: radiology

Contributor(s): Sarah Freeman, Renate Weller

Indications for radiography

Radiography allows assessment of osseous and soft tissue structures of the navicular region   Digit: radiography  .

  • Lameness/pathology localized to the navicular region. 
  • Trauma to the caudal foot, eg penetrating injuries.

Radiographic technique and evaluation

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Radiographic anatomy

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Radiographic interpretation

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Additional studies

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers
  • Recent references fromPubMed.
  • Dyson S (2011)Radiological interpretation of the navicular bone. Equine Vet Educ23(2), 73-87. Website:http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.2042-3292.2010.00168.x/abstract.
  • Biggi M & Dyson S (2010)Comparison between radiological and magnetic resonance imaging lesions in the distal border of the navicular bone with particular reference to distal border fragments and osseous cyst-like lesions. Equine Vet J42(8), 707-712PubMed.
  • Dyson S J, Murray R & Schramme M C (2005) Lameness associated with foot pain: results of magnetic resonance imaging in 199 horses (January 2001-December 2003) and response to treatment. Equine Vet J37(2), 113-121PubMed.
  • Schumacher J, Schumacher J, Gillette R, DeGraves F, Schramme M, Smith R, Perkins J & Coker M (2003) The effects of local anaesthetic solution in the navicular bursa of horses with lameness caused by distal interphalangeal joint pain. Equine Vet J35(5), 502-505PubMed.
  • Dik J, van den Belt A & van den Broek J (2001) Relationships of age and shape of the navicular bone to the development of navicular disease a radiographic study. Equine Vet J33(2), 172-175PubMed.
  • Ackerman N, Johnson J & Dorn C (1997) Navicular disease in the horse: risk factors, radiographic changes and response to therapy. JAVMA170, 183PubMed.
  • Dik K J & van den Broek J (1995) Role of navicular bone shape in the pathogenesis of navicular disease, a radiologic study. Equine Vet J27(5), 390-393PubMed.
  • Wright I (1993) A study of 118 cases of navicular disease: radiological features. Equine Vet J25, 493-500PubMed.
  • Kaser-Hotz B & Ueltschi G (1992) Radiographic appearance in the navicular bones of normal horses. Vet Radiol Ultrasound33, 9.
  • Trout D, Hornhof W & OBrien T (1991) Soft tissue and bone-phase scintigraphy for diagnosis of navicular disease in horses. JAVMA198, 73-77PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Dyson S J (2003) Navicular Disease and Other Soft Tissue Causes of Palmar Foot Pain.In: Diagnosis and Management of Lameness in the Horse. Eds: Ross M W & Dyson S J. Saunders, Philadelphia.
  • Butler J A, Colles C M, Dyson S J, Kold S E & Poulos P W (2000) Clinical Radiology of the Horse. 2nd edn. Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK.


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