What is Ultrasound for Pets?
An ultrasound examination is a non-invasive method that uses soundwaves and computer analysis to help our veterinarians view the inside of your pet’s body. It helps your veterinarian see whether internal organs and other structures appear normal and to track changes in the size, shape, and density of tissues. It provides real-time information and not just a snapshot in time, which can be critical when making a diagnosis. Ultrasound is often recommended to enhance a diagnosis, enabling the development of a treatment plan that provides the best outcome for the pet and the owner.
When is Ultrasound Recommended by Our Veterinarians?
Ultrasound is not ideal for diagnosing every illness or condition because it cannot "see through" air-filled lungs or bones. Pet ultrasound does, however, help veterinarians evaluate:
In addition, the ultrasound unit may be used to guide a needle biopsy of a mass or organ to help obtain a diagnosis.