Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that utilizes high frequency sound waves to digitally send images of the areas being scanned for immediate evaluation by the radiologist. The images are viewed in real time and allow for quick diagnosis and treatment when indicated.
Ultrasound is primarily used as a diagnostic tool when evaluating internal organ systems including gastro intestinal, renal, cardiovascular and reproductive to name just a few. Information gained using ultrasound can provide critical information that is very beneficial for diagnosis and directing further treatment.
The appointment here at HOPE will usually last 45 minutes to an hour. Your referring veterinarian will provide the radiologist with any pertinent medical history and lab work when necessary. The ultrasound scan is performed in an outpatient setting and rarely requires sedation. Patients are fasted for approximately 12 hours prior to the ultrasound; water is alright up to 2 hours before the appointment. The area to be scanned will be shaved in order to produce the highest quality images.
The technology used in veterinary ultrasound is identical to that which is used in human medicine and here at HOPE the radiologists use one of the premier GE veterinary ultrasound machines available on the market today. These machines are most often used for visualizing soft tissue and multiple organ systems. Ultrasound cannot, by nature, see through dense matter such as bone but can be used in limited instances to see some tendon and ligament injuries.HOPEH
Ultrasound is an extremely useful diagnostic tool for proving information to your veterinarian or specialist for a long list of medical issues but also can provide information quickly, particularly in an emergency situation when time is of the essence.
Once the ultrasound is complete the radiologist will have a full report available for you and the referring veterinarian and will also speak with you about the results. We strive to make sure that you and your pet are comfortable throughout your appointment and to provide you with the best diagnostics available.