Ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique, allowing us to see inside the body. We can see the internal organs and evaluate their size and structure for abnormalities.
Why is ultrasound important?
Sometimes bloodwork and x-rays do not give us all of the information
we need to make a diagnosis or come up with an appropriate treatment
It also allows us to take guided samples from these structures.
An example of such would be;
Urine directly from the bladder in the case of a suspected bladder infection
Fine needle aspirates from organs like the liver or a suspected tumor to send to the lab for further analysis.
We can also check the heart rate of puppies and kittens to let us know how emergent a C-section may be.
When we complete a full abdominal ultrasound we send all images to an expert for analysis and we receive a formal report within 24 hours. This tool greatly expands our diagnostic abilities.
This dog came in with symptoms of a bladder infection. When we went to get an ultrasound guided sample of urine we found this mass associated with the wall of the bladder
A Puppy still inside mom. We can check the pups heart rate to see if it is under stress
This dog came in with symptoms of a bladder infection. When we went to get an ultrasound guided sample of urine we found these bladder stones. We can tell they are stones because they are so dense they absorb all of the ultrasound waves creating a shadow under them.
A normal cat kidney