Ultrasound is an imaging technique that allows us to evaluate the body’s internal structures. While radiographs provide a silhouette of these structures, ultrasound provides information on both the outer shape/size and internal structure/architecture of each organ.
Ultrasound is used to diagnose many different conditions by allowing visualization of the abdominal organs, structures within the chest cavity, lymph nodes, thyroid gland, tendons, etc. Ultrasound is also routinely used to safely perform fine needle aspiration and collect small biopsy samples (Tru-cut biopsies) for laboratory testing.
How is the ultrasound performed?
The ultrasound examination is not painful or invasive. Most pets are very co-operative during this procedure and usually, patients are not sedated or anesthetized for the ultrasound examination. Sedation or anesthesia may be required for ultrasound-guided tissue sampling. Your pet’s skin will be shaved over the area of the body being examined, which allows the ultrasound transducer (probe) to be in direct contact with the skin. Your pet will be placed on a soft, comfortable bed while the procedure is being done in a dimly lit room.
How is the ultrasound scheduled?
The ultrasound is performed at our facility by a board-certified radiologist. We will arrange a day and time for your pet to be dropped off at our hospital. Typically, your pet should not be fed for 12 hours prior to the appointment (water is ok). The ultrasound is performed during the day and the findings are discussed with you within 24-48 hours after the procedure, once our veterinarians receive the radiologist’s report.
Please call us if you have any questions.