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A beneficial tool for assessing internal organs in animals is veterinary ultrasonography. It can spot changes in the heart and other abdominal organs and help identify any cysts and tumors that might be present. As they show the organ’s size, dimensions, and location, x-rays are frequently used in conjunction with ultrasounds. Ultrasounds also diagnose pregnancies and track development because they allow for real-time monitoring.
Ultrasonography is a diagnostic technique that uses ultrasound waves to produce an imaging study. This means that we can see internal images of the patient’s body when we perform ultrasonography. Unlike other imaging studies, like x-rays, ultrasonography does not use radiation. Instead, ultrasonography uses high-frequency sound (ultrasound) waves to create a picture of what is inside your pet’s body. Ultrasonography is a non-invasive, painless way to diagnose and evaluate many common diseases.
An ultrasound machine generates ultrasound waves. The device is connected to a small probe held gently against your pet’s skin. The search sends painless ultrasound waves that bounce off of structures (for example, organs) in your pet’s body and return to a sensor inside the ultrasound machine. The ultrasound equipment collects these reflected “echoes” and uses them to generate viewable images on a screen. Ultrasound waves can generate excellent images of abdominal organs, including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys. It is also helpful in assessing fetal health and monitoring pregnancy in breeding animals, and it can help us diagnose and stage (determine the severity of) some forms of cancer.
Because ultrasound images are produced in real time, this technology can be used to evaluate the heart as it beats. This can help us detect abnormalities in the motion of heart valves, blood flow through the heart, and heart muscle contractions. It can also be used to assess the nature of defects. As we strive to provide our patients with the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, we are pleased to offer ultrasound as one of our diagnostic capabilities.