Diagnostic Imaging

Accurate diagnosis of injuries, illnesses, and poor performance is made easier with the use of modern diagnostic imaging equipment. At Cambridge Equine Hospital, we have a full range of diagnostic equipment, and veterinarians who are highly skilled in their operation.



Xray-75We have several digital radiography units, which produce radiographs of far greater quality than previously attainable with traditional film systems. These units are fully portable, so as long as there is flat, relatively dark area with a good power supply, we can generally come and take the radiographs on site. We are able to visualise the images instantly, often allowing a rapid diagnosis to be made. The radiographs are then reviewed on a high resolution computer screen back at the clinic, as this will highlight subtle lesions which may not be able to be seen on the laptop.

All our veterinarians are very experienced with radiography, and the practice taking a large number of high quality weanling, yearling, and Ready To Run sales repository radiographs each year.


Ultrasound examination allows us to visualise a range of soft tissue sUltrasound-801tructures within the horse. We have two portable ultrasound machines, which provide extremely clear images of many body parts, including tendons and ligaments, and are valuable for assessing lameness originating in the soft tissues. In addition to this, they are also able to image parts of the chest and abdomen, and can provide very useful information in the clinical examination of these areas.


Videoendo-977Cambridge Equine Hospital has a video-endoscope based at the hospital. This enables the televised examination of internal structures such as the upper respiratory tract or internal reproductive tract. Electronic recording of such examinations allows for a more controlled and objective assessment of endoscopic findings.

We are now also able to offer on-farm videoendoscopy. This is particularly useful for accurately monitoring the progression of lesions, or to enable 2nd opinions without having to scope the horse repeatedly. 

A recent advancement in endoscopy is the Dynamic Respiratory endoscope (DRS). With this system, the scope is positioned in the throat and then fixed to the horse, allowing visualisation of the upper respiratory tract while the horse is working. This enables us to diagnose dynamic conditions that occur during exercise (eg horses that "flip" their soft palates) but which are not usually seen at rest. Please see the Resources section of the website for more information.

Nuclear Scintigraphy

Cambridge Equine Hospital are proud Nuclear Scintigraphyto be a founding partner of the Cambridge Stud and Bradninch Trust Nuclear Scintigraphy Centre.
Housed at our hospital, the scintigraphy unit (one of only 3 of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere) is a great diagnostic tool which is particularly useful in lameness and poor performance investigations. Scintigraphy involves injecting the horse with a radioactive substance which binds to areas in the bone that are actively remodelling. It enables us to see subtle changes that are not visible on radiographs. It is very good for the early identification of stress fractures (therefore preventing catastrophic breakdown) as well as low grade, intermittent, or    upper limb lameness.

About Us

Cambridge Equine Hospital is one of the largest equine practices in the country, with eleven veterinarians solely dedicated to equine work. Situated in Cambridge, we have been providing top quality equine veterinary services to clients in the Waikato area for over 30 years. We cater for all types of horses, from ponies through to elite performance and breeding horses.



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