Tests or procedures used by your vet to determine what is wrong with your horse, in order to reach a diagnosis.

Cost: $100 to $500

These cost ranges are approximate and may vary from region to region.
Additional charges may also apply.


Radiography, X-ray, Shoulder

Cost: $100 to $500

These cost ranges are approximate and may vary from region to region.
Additional charges may also apply.


This diagnostic is less commonly used because shoulder lameness is uncommon. When lameness is suspected to originate in the shoulder area, it is usually because the examiner has ruled out many other potential areas via the use of nerve blocks. In addition, this diagnostic requires a powerful x-ray generators and excellent technique in order to acquire images of diagnostic quality.

The front limb is usually pulled forward and the x-ray is taken from the other side of the horse. This is done so that the limb is pulled away from the massive muscling of the other limb.

Why A Vet Chooses This Diagnostic

Quality shoulder radiographs are useful in diagnosing fractures and osteochondrosis of the bones of the shoulder joint.


This area is difficult to image well, meaning that many radiographs lack sufficient detail to be helpful in diagnosing the problem.

your role

Questions To Ask Your Vet:
  • Will information gathered by this test change the prognosis or possible treatments available for my horse?

further reading & resources


Brand Name Products

Equine health related brand name products and services.

  • Sound™ Vet Inc.
    NEXT Equine DR™
    The Evolution of Equine Digital Radiography
    Sound™ is the veterinary industry’s #1 Digital Imaging and PACS Company, with uncontested leadership positions in Ultrasound, Digital Radiography, Imaging Education, and PACS Solutions. 
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    Sound™ is the veterinary industry's largest and most trusted source for X Ray, Ultrasound, Digital Radiography, Radiation Therapy Equipment, PACS - Distributed Imaging Solutions, Telemedicine, Advanced Imaging Tools, Imaging Solutions Support & Technician Training.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP