What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is one of the most valuable tools used by veterinarians to keep our pets healthy. Veterinary ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure to explore a patient’s soft tissue abnormalities, internal organs, gastrointestinal tract, vasculature and lymphatic system. Sophisticated equipment and techniques provide our team with detailed information to easily and accurately detect previously hidden diseases. Ultrasound is also used on an emergency basis after trauma to look for fluid accumulation and monitor for abdominal bleeding.
Ultrasound Use for Diseases & Conditions
Common and sometimes life-threatening disease can often be confirmed and its severity can ocassionally be determined by ultrasound.
Can often be detected early enough to allow surgical removal before metastasis (the spread to other organs) occurs.
Bladder Stones and/or Kidney Stones
Even some stones that do not show up on radiographs can be found with ultrasound and a thorough assessment for urethral or ureteral obstruction can be performed.
- Enlarged or painful abdomen with suspicious changes in routine lab tests
- Infected gallbladders
- Enlarged adrenal glands
- Kidneys damaged by toxins (such as antifreeze)
- Diffuse liver disease
- Enlarged lymph nodes and reproductive tract abnormalities, such as an infected uterus or inflamed prostate gland
- Measurement of walls of the heart, the individual heart valves evaluation, systemic pressures assessment, and pulmonary pressures and contractility
- When fluid accumulated around the abdominal organs, it diminishes the capability of radiographs. Ultrasound is excellent in determining whether the cause of that condition is a poorly functioning heart or disease in the abdominal organs