Ultrasound scanning

Ultrasonography

Our hospital is fully equipped with a state of the art ultrasound scanner to assist evaluation of your pet’s condition if required.  Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires an ultrasound examination. An ultrasound scan is a very important, non-invasive tool, to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving soft tissues, such as those found in the abdomen, or the heart.

As animals need to remain still and calm in different positions for a period of time to allow the ultrasound images to be collected, we usually sedate your pet. 

For complex cases we work with SA Veterinary Sonography, who are able to assist us in the practice. 

What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scanning is a painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (inaudible to humans) to produce images of structures within the body. When sound waves are directed into the body, some are absorbed by body tissues and others bounce back. The sound waves that bounce back are measured by the ultrasound machine and are transformed into an image on a screen. The images can be printed or recorded. Extensive training is required in order to correctly use this equipment and interpret these images.

Ultrasound scans are most useful for looking at soft or fluid-filled organs; like the liver, kidney, bladder and heart. They are less effective for examining bones or air-filled organs like the lungs.

 

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