A 14 year old gelding presented for a complaint of recent lameness and swelling of the right knee or carpus. There was no history of trauma but a plumb size swelling was palpated along the outside of the knee. The gelding resented direct pressure over the knee and any manipulation of the knee. When radiographed, there were no significant abnormalities noted with regards to the bones or articular surfaces that make up the carpus. However, a moderate soft tissue swelling was noted along the dorsal (front) and lateral (outside) aspect of the carpus (Blue circles in Figures 3-4).
When the ultrasound image is flipped into the same projection as the radiograph, the soft tissue mass aligns perfectly with the soft tissue swelling noted on the digital radiograph (Figure 6). The red line corresponds to the middle carpal joint and helps demonstrate how close the tumor is to the joint yet does NOT communicate with the joint.