WHAT IS AN ULTRASOUND AND HOW DOES IT WORK?
Ultrasound uses sound waves at an extremely high frequency to visualize internal structures without radiation. These images are also able to show internal movement in real time, including blood flow through vessels and organs along with digestion. Ultrasound is often essential in the diagnosis of internal conditions like pancreatitis or symptoms like abdominal pain. It is also used to guide needle sampling procedures, which are performed to assist in the diagnosis of certain diseases like cancer.
WHEN MIGHT MY PET NEED AN ULTRASOUND?
Pets that are stable and in need of internal imaging are ideal candidates for outpatient ultrasound. Some of the common reasons for outpatient ultrasound include:
WHEN MIGHT MY PET NEED AN EMERGENCY ULTRASOUND
If your pet is experiencing a medical emergency, an emergency ultrasound may be needed to make a fast, accurate diagnosis when seconds count. From detecting foreign bodies to cardiac issues, emergency ultrasound is a standard for human hospitals, which is why we offer it 7 days a week to our patients. Experienced emergency veterinarians, including a board-certified critical care specialist are prepared to utilize this essential tool to diagnose disease and save lives in our ICU.