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, Skull, Head or Jaw

Cost: $100 to $500

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


Radiographs of the equine head is a standard diagnostic tool that is used when dental or sinus disease is suspected, or to confirm or rule out a suspected bone fracture in this area. The sinuses and dental sockets (alveoli) are very complex bony structures with large numbers of intricate and irregular planes of bone.

Typically, in this series four radiographs are taken from different angles. The most helpful radiographs for diagnosing dental issues are the oblique projections that silhouette the cheek teeth roots in the air filled sinuses.

Why A Vet Chooses This Diagnostic


Diagnoses Your Vet May Consider

This test could rule out or confirm any of the following diagnoses.

Very Common
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Radiography of the sinuses and teeth is very useful for identifying tooth root abscesses and other dental abnormalities, as well as other injuries such as a fracture.


Given the complex bony structure of the sinuses and dental alveoli, interpretation of these radiographs can be difficult. Referral of the images to a board certified radiologist may be recommended, as they can provide a very detailed interpretation and diagnose more subtle problems.

your role

Questions To Ask Your Vet:
  • Would referral to a board certified radiologist offer any additional benefit?

further reading & resources


Brand Name Products

Equine health related brand name products and services.

  • Sound™ Vet Inc.
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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP