What is Ultrasound?
Needless to say, ultrasound has become a very important part of keeping our pets healthy and one of the most valuable tools in your veterinarian’s armamentarium. With the development of newer equipment and new techniques, more and more detailed information can be obtained about a pet’s health to easily and accurately detect previously hidden diseases. Veterinary ultrasound is a less invasive and painless procedure to explore a patient’s soft tissue abnormalities, internal organs, gastrointestinal tract, and vasculature and lymphatic systems. Ultrasound is also often used on an emergency basis after trauma to look for fluid accumulations and to be able to monitor the extent or progression of 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