Blakes Veterinary Surgeries has an ultrasound scanner which we use to assist in evaluation of your pets condition if required. Our veterinarians will consult you on your pets case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires an ultrasound examination. An ultrasound scan can be a vital tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving soft tissues, such as those found in the abdomen, or the heart. It can also be used for pregnant animals to view foetus's inutero.
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. It is less effective for examining bones or air-filled organs, like the lungs.
What happens to my pet when it is booked in for an ultrasound scan?
When your pet is booked in for an ultrasound we will shave the area that needs to be scanned. No pain is felt during an ultrasound exam, however, discomfort from pressure may be experienced. Sedatives may be necessary for those animals that won’t stay still or are uncomfortable. During the scan a water-soluble gel is applied over the clipped area to be examined and a transducer (probe) is placed on the skin. This enables us to view the tissue/organs on the monitor.
Once the scan has been done we will give you a call to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.