Ultrasound: Seeing Things In Action
An ultrasound is a non-invasive and pain-free diagnostic procedure. Just like when you have one, our staff uses an ultrasound wand to check things out on the inside. We can display real-time images or grab a snapshot in order to get measurements, calculate fluid amounts, and monitor realtime blood flow. Ultrasound can also be used with other diagnostic tests, like biopsies or aspirations, with virtually no stress on your pet.
An echocardiogram, or cardiac ultrasound can give us a three-dimensional image of your pet's heart. We can see blood flow to and from the hearts chambers and valves to make sure everything's working ok. We can also see dangerous leaks or regurgitation of blood. We can get different views of the heart, to more clearly diagnose a problem.
Echocardiograms can help in diagnosing many heart conditions:
- Birth defects
- Heart murmur
- Labored breathing
- Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia)
Abdominal ultrasound help us diagnose internal diseases by giving us images of your pet's kidneys, liver, stomach, or other internal organs.
What we can see with an abdominal ultrasound:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Screening for cancer
- Urinary bladder disease
- Intestinal blockage
- Lymph node enlargement
- Abdominal fluid
- Splenic disease
- Pancreatic disease
- Urogenital abnormalities
We can provide you a CD of the Ultrasound images for your personal records if you request it.