An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows internal body structures to be seen by recording echoes or reflections of ultrasonic sound waves. Ultrasound is often performed in conjunction with radiographs (X-rays) and is a valuable tool for the examination of internal organs in cats and dogs.
Ultrasound requires that the area of interest is shaved to allow a clear image of the internal organs to be viewed on a computer screen. Sedation is often used to allow for a calmer exam with better image quality as moving during the exam can greatly reduce the quality of the images we can obtain.
Some of the many examples of abnormalities that can be determined with ultrasound:
- Masses or cysts
- Gallbladder stones or debris in the gallbladder
- Urinary bladder or kidney stones
- Thickening of the intestines/stomach or other organs
- Foreign bodies in the intestines or stomach
- Enlargement of the adrenal glands
- Enlargement and masses of the thyroid gland
The ultrasound can also be used to obtain samples from solid organs (like the liver or spleen), sterile urine samples, solid masses and fluid in abdomen and chest cavities. If you have questions about this procedure or want to set an appointment for your pet, call us at 407-333-2901.