Why would my pet need an ultrasound?
Veterinary ultrasound is a highly useful tool when evaluating internal organs. It can detect alterations in the heart, abdominal organs, and assist in the recognition of any cysts and tumors that may be present. Many times, x-rays will be utilized in combination with an ultrasound as they reveal the size, dimension, and position of the organ. With the ability for real-time monitoring, animal ultrasounds are also utilized for pregnancy diagnosis and development monitoring.
When would my pet get an ultrasound?
At Lake Forest Animal Clinic an ultrasound is usually recommended when our doctors find abnormalities in blood work or x-rays, or to monitor a disease process. Ultrasounds can also be done for confirming pregnancies.
How does animal ultrasound testing work?
Ultrasound equipment directs a narrow beam of high-frequency sound waves into the area of interest. The sound waves either transmit through, reflect, or absorb in the tissues that they encounter. Any ultrasound waves that are reflected will return as echoes and convert into an image that is displayed on the monitor, giving a 2-dimensional image of the tissues under examination. With the ability to obtain real-time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.
The exam is completely painless. Light sedation may be used to help the patient lie comfortably while the scan is being performed. Your pet may need to be shaved in the area of interest, as veterinary ultrasound images are of better quality if they have complete contact with the skin.