Ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of internal parts of the body. These images provide valuable insight and help us to diagnose and treat a variety of diseases and conditions. It is often used to visualize pregnancy, identify changes in abdominal organs, and evaluate heart conditions.
Most pets lie comfortably on the exam table during the procedure. It does require, however, that your pet’s fur be shaved so the ultrasound probe can make direct contact with the skin. This helps produce the best images. Ultrasound gel is also used. Unless a biopsy is performed at the same time, the majority of pets do not require sedation.
Our doctors are able to see the results of the ultrasonography right away. Should images require further interpretation, we may send them to a board-certified veterinary radiologist for further evaluation, which may take a few hours or several days.