Ultrasound is an imaging tool that uses non-invasive sound waves directed into a specific area to painlessly look at internal organs. Using this tool, we can see detailed location, size, shape, texture, or abnormalities associated with these organs and help compliment other imaging tools, such as x-rays, since these sound waves cannot penetrate air or bone.
Ultrasound can help diagnose a disease with your pet and may be recommended based on abnormal bloodwork, physical exam or x-ray findings.
Many patients do not need sedation for this procedure unless the individual pet needs some relaxation or if an additional procedure, such as an ultrasound-guided biopsy, is needed. Fasting for 6-8 hours prior to the exam and arriving with a full bladder can help obtain better images.