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Ultrasonography is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs providing additional details not available by other diagnostics such as radiographs. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, bladder stones, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.
We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis, monitor progression, and response to treatment.
The Veterinarian applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image.
Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the Veterinarian can obtain the best result.
The procedure takes about 30min in most cases and the images are recorded and evaluated by our staff as well as being sent to a board certified radiologist (specialist in ultrasound) for review and treatment recommendation.
We offer ultrasound as part of a senior wellness program available at a very reasonable rate in order to diagnose and treat emerging disease as a means of early diagnosis and intervention so that the best outcome can be provided for your pet.
If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.