Ultrasounds

Pet Ultrasounds

An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that enables an in-depth view of your pet's organs. Many times x-rays, which reveal the size, dimensions and position of the organ, will be utilized in combination with an ultrasound. The ultrasound allows for the evaluation of internal organs and is a highly useful in evaluating heart conditions (referred to as echocardiogram), detecting alterations in abdominal organs and assisting in the recognition of cysts and tumors. With the ability for real-time monitoring, ultrasounds are also utilized for pregnancy diagnosis and development monitoring.

Anesthesia or sedation is not usually necessary to perform an ultrasound on the heart or abdomen. With the ability to obtain real time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.

Click on one of the different types of ultrasounds below for more information.

Abdominal ultrasound
This non-invasive tool can be used to visualize the internal organs without X-rays or surgery. Using ultrasound, we can characterize changes in internal organs based on size, shape and density. Ultrasound is also commonly used to collect fluid and obtain biopsy samples of specific sites. Ultrasound is commonly used for pregnancy evaluation in dogs as it is in people.
Echocardiogram
This is a functional ultrasound exam of the heart. Both dogs and cats get murmurs and heart diseases just like people. When caught early, these can often be minimized or regulated before heart failure sets in. Using this tool, we can determine heart function based on dynamic measurements (contraction of the heart, chamber size and blood velocity). We can look for the cause of murmurs when valves are leaking using Doppler blood flow examinations. We can also determine local blood pressure changes using pulsed and continuous wave settings that are needed for appropriate medication prescriptions. Echocardiograms are also used to visualize adult heartworm infections in those unfortunate enough to become infected.
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