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ULTRASOUND Services

Location

340 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA
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ULTRASOUND

OVERVIEW
At VRC, we offer emergency ultrasound 7 days a week and outpatient ultrasound by appointment with a specialist. Not only will we perform the procedure, but we will also evaluate the imagery to aid in the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.

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 OUTPATIENT 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:

  • Pets with an internal mass (known or suspected)
  • Pets that are pregnant
  • Cancer screenings
  • Pets with elevated liver enzymes
  • Pets with recent blood work changes
  • Pets experiencing symptoms of gastrointestinal disease
  • Pets experiencing symptoms of liver disease
  • Pets experiencing symptoms of kidney disease

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.

If you are a pet owner, you can make an outpatient ultrasound appointment  by clicking here.

If you are a family veterinarian and need to make an ultrasound referral, click here.