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. The uses often include visualizing pregnancy, identify changes in abdominal organs, and evaluate heart conditions.
Most pets lie comfortably on the exam table during the procedure. It requires, however, that we remove some of your pet’s fur so the ultrasound probe could make direct contact with the skin. This helps produce the best images. Veterinarians usually use the pet ultrasound gel to get the best images. 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.