Ultrasound is a specialized study that requires precise training. Most small veterinary practices do not have ultrasound available and refer to specialty veterinarian hospitals.
An ultrasound machine utilizes sound waves to penetrate various tissues in the body to create images. The pet is placed on a padded table top. Portions of hair maybe clipped or trimmed to assist in the examination. Conductive gel is placed on the hand-held probe. The probe is passed back and forth over the area being examined.
Ultrasound is not ideal in cases that deal with air, gas and bone. Bone and Bowel imaging is more desirable in CT and MRI rather than ultrasound.
In most cases ultrasound can be performed without sedation or anesthesia.
Ultrasound is a specialized diagnostic imaging modality used to diagnose pain, swelling and infection. The Advanced Animal Imaging ultrasound provides veterinarians with access to advanced technology and expertise to help aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your pet’s medical conditions. The animal ultrasound service is available to all veterinarians.
Advanced Animal Imaging Ultrasound Offers:
1.) Access to state-of-the-art ultrasound technology.
2.) Experienced board-certified ultrasound technologists perform the ultrasound exams.
3.) Thorough review and interpretation of exams by board-certified radiologists.
4.) Written reports will be sent to your veterinarian within 24-48 hours of the procedure. Images are available upon request.
5.) Experienced anesthesia monitoring.
6.) Full patient evaluations are available through the neighboring veterinarian clinic.
Indications for Animal Ultrasound
Head and Neck Indications:
- Diseases of the Eye
- Evaluation of Ocular Tissue
- Thyroid Disorders
- Tumor Evaluation
- Fluid Accumulation in the Chest
- Suspected Heart Disease
- Chest Mass Evaluation
- Liver Disease
- Loss of Appetite
- Enlarged Spleen
- Gallbladder Dysfunction
- Stomach / Pancreas Dysfunction
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- Adrenal Gland Disease
- Abdominal Masses
- Kidney Evaluation
- Abdominal Lymph Node Enlargement
- Fluid Accumulation in the Abdomen
- Blood in the Urine
- Urinary Obstruction
- Chronic-Urinary Tract Infection
- Straining to Urinate
- Tumor Evaluation
- Lymph Node Evaluation
- Testicular Evaluation
- Ovarian Cysts / Masses
- Prostatic Disease
- Pregnancy Detection
- Tumor Evaluation
Patient Preparation for Ultrasound
Your pet shouldn’t have any food or drink for 12 hours before the exam, if an abdominal ultrasound has been ordered.
Animal Ultrasound FAQ’s
How long will it take for the ultrasound exam?
A ultrasound exam can take anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour depending on the exam that is ordered and the symptoms of your pet.
What should the client expect when their pet has an ultrasound exam?
The majority of pet’s will have their ultrasound exam without sedation. Pet’s may need to be trimmed or shaved close in order to properly perform the procedure. In some cases your pet maybe given sedation by a qualified veterinary professional. This is necessary for the pet to remain perfectly still for the ultrasound examination. The ultrasound exam is a non-invasive procedure and no radiation is involved.
Who will be performing the exam?
An experienced board-certified ultrasound technologist will be performing the ultrasound exam with the assistance of a registered veterinary technician. In addition a veterinarian is available on-site.
How to order an ultrasound exam?
The referring veterinarian or the client can call for an appointment. The facility is an extension of the referring veterinarian. All pets are treated for their referred problem unless requested differently.
When will the results be available?
Your exam will be interpreted by an experienced veterinary radiologists. You can expect to have the results of the ultrasound exam within 24-48 hours.
How does the referring veterinarian get a copy of the report?
A copy of the report can be found on the web site, faxed or emailed to you.