What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scanning is an important diagnostic tool that uses high frequency sound waves that are transmitted through a handheld device called a transducer (or a probe) and projected back on to a monitor. These waves produce an real time images that can be interpretted by a professional to diagnose problems normally occuring in soft tissue. At Blakes Crossing Surgeries, out trained veterinarians will condect a consult in order to decide whether an ultrasound is an appropriate diagnostic tool to use in order to manage your pets case. 

The procedure itself is painless and does not normally require an anaesthetic, however, sedatives may be required if your animal is too uncomfortable or will not remain still. When your animla requires an ultrasound, the area of interest will be shaved in order to achieve the most accurate results. 

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.