Unlike some other imaging studies, like x-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture of what is inside your pet’s body. The machine is connected to a small probe that is held gently against your pet’s skin. The probe sends out painless ultrasound waves that bounce off structures (for example, organs) in your pet’s body and return to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected “echoes” and uses them to generate images that are viewable on a screen.
Our veterinarians can use ultrasound technology to examine internal organs and check for proper size, shape, location, and even blood supply to those organs. Because ultrasound images are produced in real time, this technology can be used to evaluate the heart as it beats. This can help us detect abnormalities in the motion of heart valves, blood flow through the heart, and contractions of the heart muscle. We can evaluate the size of the heart chambers, the thickness of the heart walls, the thickness of the heart valves, and blood flow patterns. Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs, including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys.Ultrasounds can also be used to check for masses within organs, check for early pregnancy, or to guide our doctors in procedures where they need to use a needle to take a sample of an internal mass. It is also useful for assessing fetal health and monitoring pregnancy in breeding animals. It can help us diagnose and stage (determine the severity of) some forms of cancer. Ultrasonography is a completely non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases. As we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer ultrasound as one of our diagnostic capabilities.
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