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Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive, painless, imaging tool that allows us to visualize your pet’s internal organs. As sound waves travel into your pet’s body, they return real time images of the internal organs. This 3-dimensional image allows our specially-trained veterinarians to see how the organs are moving or how blood is flowing through the organs at the time of the procedure. Unlike x-rays, no radiation is used in an ultrasound exam.
Ultrasound is the best way for us to evaluate fluid-filled and soft tissue organs in pets, including your pet’s liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, eyes, lymph nodes, testicles, intestinal tract, prostate, uterus/ovaries, and heart. Many times, ultrasound is used in combination with x-rays to confirm a diagnosis. Using ultrasound technology, we can diagnose problems earlier because it allows us to “see” conditions that would otherwise remain hidden. This leads to more successful treatment outcomes because an early diagnosis means the sooner a treatment plan can start.
Ultrasound examination can be used to help dogs and cats of all ages. Ultrasound can be used to detect pregnancy, congenital conditions in young pets and certain breeds, and a wide range of diseases in older pets.
Ultrasound typically does not require your pet to be sedated unless internal tissue samples (“biopsy”) are collected. If a biopsy is required, we can safely obtain those samples using the ultrasound as a guide.