Experts at the Equine Medical Center perform nuclear scintigraphy on horses to evaluate suspected abnormalities in bones, joints, tendons, and ligaments. We have been using this imaging technology since 1995 with state-of-the-art scanning equipment.

  • The bone and soft tissue scan can check the entire skeleton for abnormalities, including fractures, infections, or trauma that may go undetected using x-rays.
  • Bone scans are particularly effective in helping to diagnose difficult lameness issues or sore spots.
  • Our whole body scan captures 46 images instead of the standard 36 images, which provides a highly accurate picture of the areas of pathology within the horse's skeletal structures.
  • Bone scans are performed as inpatient procedures and require your horse to stay in the hospital for a minimum of two nights.
  • The morning following admission to the hospital, a radioactive isotope is injected into your horse's jugular vein and the scintigraphy process begins.
  • You will not be able to touch your horse for 24 hours post-injection, or until s/he is cleared of the radiation by our imaging team.
  • The day after the procedure, the attending clinician may continue with additional diagnostic testing, such as ultrasonography and radiography that may be needed to make a specific diagnosis.

Appointments & Referrals: 703-771-6800

To schedule an appointment, refer a patient, or inquire about our diagnostic imaging or other clinical services, please call 703-771-6800 or email

Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine. Diagnostic Imaging Services, Nuclear Scintigraphy

Nuclear Scintigraphy