Ultrasonography (Sonography)

By Shady Oak Vet

Veterinarians use many modes of imaging, such as radiology, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans. While MRI and CT scans are less common we do use radiology and ultrasound on a daily basis. While radiographs provide us with an overall image of your pet’s abdomen or chest, ultrasound allows us to look at each individual organ with great detail (which can sometimes be difficult to differentiate on radiographs). Shady Oak vet works closely with several ultrasound specialists (Dr. Ralph Weichselbaum, Dr. Jean Jarvis and Dr. Michelle Kaner) who will readily come in when needed.

Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to create an image. We can also use ultrasound to evaluate the function of your pet’s heart and diagnose specific heart diseases. This is called an echocardiogram and it evaluates blood flow and valve function of your pet’s heart. During an ultrasound your pet is required to lay on their back for a short period of time (or on their side if their getting an echocardiogram) and we will need to shave the hair from their abdomen. The sonographer will then apply gel to their abdomen and use a small transducer across your pet’s abdomen to collect images. Once images are collected we are able to give you a tentative diagnosis. From there the sonographer and your Doctor will have a discussion about your case and come up with a treatment plan. Sometime we do need to use ultrasound in conjunction with other diagnostic tests (such and radiographs, blood work or urinalysis).

If you have any questions about our ultrasound services or what to expect during your pet’s visit with us, please don’t hesitate to ask.