An ultrasound is a form of diagnostic imaging that allows a vet to see inside your pet’s body to make a diagnosis or recommend treatment. This type of scanner is very important as a tool for examining the heart, abdomen and more. The procedure is painless and forms an image on a screen through sound waves which bounce back off tissues inside the body. The images can be recorded or printed and are then interpreted by a skilled professional. The procedure is usually booked in advance with the pet being admitted for the day. The scanned area is shaved and the pet is often sedated for the procedure. There may be discomfort from pressure but no pain from the sound waves.
What is an ultrasound used for?
An ultrasound can be used for various issues to make a diagnoses and recommend a suitable treatment. Some of these include problems in the abdomen such as obstructions, lesions, pancreatitis and changes in the internal structures. An echocardiogram (heart ultrasound) is used to check for heart disease and other heart conditions. An ultrasound is also used when a biopsy needs to be done. The vet can guide the needle to get a sample using the ultrasound machine.