Ultrasound is a safe, painless imaging procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to generate images of soft tissues, organs, blood flow, and other anatomy. It is noninvasive and does not involve the use of ionizing radiation. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose illness, characterize anatomy, and guide the direction of biopsy or other diagnostic sampling. All of our ultrasound examinations are thorough, complete body cavity examinations and are performed by a board-certified radiologist. Most exams can be performed without the need for any sedation. Out-patient appointments are available.
The Ultrasound Procedure
Most pets require no sedation and lay quietly for the procedure.
Especially nervous or wiggly patients may need sedation to enable a thorough examination although we find this infrequent. Sedation or brief anesthesia is usually employed if a biopsy or needle aspirate procedure is performed.
Once you arrive for your appointment, we will clip your pet’s fur and apply ultrasound gel. Your pet will be placed on our ultrasound table while the doctor performs the ultrasound.
The doctor will review the findings as well as any follow up recommendations with you at the time of the study. Results will be provided to your veterinarian in the form of a written report. Your veterinarian will also be provided with access to the images for review.
Abdominal Ultrasound is Ideal For:
Abdominal organ evaluation
Thoracic evaluation for pulmonary or mediastinal disease
Evaluation of heart structure and function
Thyroid gland evaluation
Minimally invasive fine-needle aspirate or biopsies
Thoracocentesis and abdominocentesis