The ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. It is used to create a real-time image of the inside of an animal’s body. This image shows important information about pets’ internal systems, including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems. It also helps identify disease, blockages and internal injury. Plus, ultrasounds don’t require radiation, so they are regularly used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.
Ultrasonography works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves using a small probe. The sound waves then reflect off the pet’s internal structures, and the probe collects the signals reflected back. Ultrasounds are most commonly used to visualize abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An echocardiogram is an ultrasound used to visualize the heart, and it provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions. Echocardiograms are essential for assessing overall heart health and treating cardiovascular disease.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like radiographs (X-rays), ultrasonography can detect a broad range of abnormalities including cardiovascular disease, skeletal fractures, some forms of cancer, soft-tissue damage, foreign bodies and organ disease. Not only are they one of the most precise diagnostic tools available in the veterinary industry, they’re also completely painless and noninvasive.
Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital uses advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, which guarantees the highest quality of care for our patients.
Watch this video to see how we “explore” a pet’s abdomen to gather information regarding organ health.
Below is an ultrasound image of a dog’s bladder stone.
Call Dana Niguel Veterinary Hospital at 949-661-6375 for more information about veterinary ultrasonography.