Our ultrasound scanner allows for faster and more accurate diagnose of a variety of diseases especially those related to heart, abdomen and other soft tissue. After a full physical examination, an ultra sound may be recommended. An ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create a picture. The sound waves are absorbed in varying degrees and then bounce back. This is measured by the machine and is transformed into images on a viewing screen. This machine requires extensive training to use and to correctly interpret the images. The images are recorded or printed for the medical files.
Ultrasound scanners are most often used for fluid-filled or softer organs such as bladder, kidney, liver and heart. It does not work as well for air-filled organs such as the lungs, or for hard objects such as bones.
Your pet would usually be given an appointment for the ultrasound. They should be brought in on an empty stomach and will most likely be sedated for the procedure. In case of emergency, the scan will usually be done immediately. The sedation helps keep the pet calm and allows for a better scan. The area being scanned is usually shaved prior to the scan. There may be a little discomfort from the pressure, but there is no pain during an ultrasound scan. The pet will also have some water soluble gel applied over the shaven area. This allows the transducer (probe) to move easily over the area.
The vet will book another appointment with you after the scan. In this appointment, the vet will discuss the diagnosis with you and a treatment plan best suited to your pet.