Ultrasound Images of Your Pet Aid Diagnosis
An ultrasound is a pain-free, non-invasive diagnostic procedure. Our trained veterinary staff uses a hand-held wand to scan the identified area. The technician can either display real-time images or create a still photo in order to obtain measurements, calculate fluid amounts, or monitor blood flow. In addition, ultrasound can be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tests, such as biopsies and aspirations, with little to no stress for your pet.
An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides our veterinarian or veterinary cardiologist with three-dimensional pictures your pet's heart. Color can be used to indicate blood flow to and from the various heart chambers and valves. Leakage or regurgitation of blood can also be identified with this procedure. Technicians can move the wand to get different views of the heart, including inside or behind specific structures.
Echocardiograms are commonly used in diagnosing the following heart conditions:
- Birth defects
- Heart murmur
- Labored breathing
- Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia)
Abdominal ultrasound assists in the diagnosis of internal diseases by providing images of your pet's kidneys, liver, stomach, or other internal organs.
Common uses for abdominal ultrasound include:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Screening for cancer
- Urinary bladder disease
In addition to our own trained veterinarians who can perform ultrasound procedures, Dr. Steve Harnagel, a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Radiology, is available for specialized ultrasound diagnostic procedures or interpretation as a second opinion. Utilizing digital technologies, such tests can be read and reports sent back to our office usually within a couple hours.