Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.
- We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis.
- Interpretation of ultrasound images requires great skill on the part of the clinician.
- The ultrasonographer applies gel to the surface of the body and then methodically moves a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest.
- The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined.
- The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present.
- Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.
- Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized.
- The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain a good result.
If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.