Ultrasound (sonography) uses sound waves to offer a non-invasive, painless, and radiation-free method of imaging your pet’s internal organs.
This diagnostic imaging tool is preferred over radiography for soft-tissue structures, as it allows the veterinarian to closely examine the density of tissues, contents within the gastrointestinal and urinary systems, and blood flow within vessels.
Ultrasound For Pets
Seeing under the skin–that’s what’s possible with ultrasound technology. Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time internal image of an animal’s body, giving us important information about the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds for pet can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage and other internal injuries. Because ultrasounds don’t require radiation, they’re also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An ultrasound can also be used to image the heart, called an echocardiogram. This takes a specialized probe and training, so we refer to our local veterinary cardiologists for this procedure.
Seven Fields Veterinary Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
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