Images that Inform Diagnosis
Ultrasound is an advanced, noninvasive technology that utilizes sound waves to examine specific internal organs (liver, kidneys, intestine, spleen, pancreas, urinary bladder, heart, etc.) and other soft tissues.
Ultrasound is a valuable tool and greatly assists veterinary care and diagnosis. A great deal can be learned about your pet’s health in a very short amount of time.
Uses for Ultrasound
- To detect and diagnose disorders affecting abdominal and other soft tissue and organs
- Pregnancy determination
- To determine the extent or spread of a disease (particularly cancer)
- Determine the cause for abdominal pain or intestinal disorders (vomiting/ diarrhea)
- Foreign body ingestion (when the dog eats the cat’s toy)
- Exploration of abdominal masses
Benefits of Ultrasound
- Provides important diagnostic information not gained through other testing methods (blood, urine, or physical examination)
- Noninvasive and completely painless for your pet
- May eliminate the need for exploratory surgeries
- Can assist biopsies, allowing for image guided procedures and the more precise collection of cell or tissue samples
- To examine vessels for anomalies or other vascular abnormalities (particularly helpful in heart or cardiovascular conditions)
Preparing for Ultrasounds
Fasting for a few hours before the ultrasound is recommended. The examination area may need to be shaved to accommodate the ultrasound device. Most pets do not require sedation, but some more fearful and intractable pets will require light sedation.
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