Ultrasound: Safe & Painless Diagnostic Technology for Pets

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Veterinarian reviewing an ultrasound

Carriage Hills Animal Hospital is pleased to offer ultrasound technology for all our current and referral patients. We have the technology to easily send ultrasound and radiography studies to specialists, including cardiologists, internists and radiologists. Being able to easily engage these specialists allows us to quickly confirm a diagnosis and begin exploring treatment options.

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How Does Veterinary Ultrasound Work?

Ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art technology that uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs, primarily the heart, abdominal organs, and for pregnancy exams.

Sonograms are performed using a small, hand-held probe called a transducer. The transducer is placed on the patient, usually aided by a topical gel, and moved across the surface of the skin. Non-audible sound waves are transmitted into the tissue. As these waves bounce back, they are sent to the computer to create an image. A “live” view of the patient’s insides is then visible on a screen.

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Comfortable & Safe for Pets

For viewing various angles of an organ or injured area, the transducer is easily moved around without discomfort to the patient. Snapshots and short video clips of specific views are produced and archived.

Active imaging, such as observing blood flow or the functioning of a patient’s heart, is possible with this technology. This is quite different from an X-ray, where only a still photo is produced. The process is generally painless for your pet, minimizing stress and anxiety.

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Uses for Ultrasound in Pet Care

Diagnostic sonography (ultrasound) is an imaging technique widely used to examine most parts of the body, including eyes, tendons, muscles, and internal organs for illness or injury. This technique may also be used in guiding the veterinarian when performing minimally invasive procedures, such as biopsies or fluid drainage. Because ultrasound produces no radiation, it is also often preferred for patients such as pregnant animals.

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