This innovative technology that uses only sound waves was introduced into veterinary medicine over twenty years ago and has now begun to revolutionize medical diagnostics for our pets. Using ultrasound, veterinarians can diagnose many diseases with-out the need for more invasive, painful and dangerous procedures. It is now safer and less expensive and more accurate to diagnose many conditions. In addition, ultrasound will give us the diagnosis much quicker. Until recently it was cost prohibitive for most veterinary practices to purchase an ultrasound ma-chine. Most large veterinary hospitals can now afford the technology.
Ultrasound allows us to visualize the internal architecture of many organs. Often the organs that are difficult to visualize on x-rays can easily be seen on ultrasound. Abnormalities such as masses, cysts or abscesses (infections) can be seen and measured as well as biopsied if necessary.
Echocardiography (ultrasound of the heart) has made diagnosis and treatment of cardiac disease as well as monitoring the effects of the medications we are using easier and more accurate.
We are now able to differentiate heart from lung disease easily and give the appropriate treatments. Our patients are living longer with better quality lives.
Other uses for ultrasound are for early pregnancy diagnosis and to assess the health of the fetus throughout pregnancy. We can now simply and accurately diagnose stones in the bladder and kidneys. Ultrasound is also being used in animals other than dogs and cats such as Ferrets with adrenal disease. There are many many more indications for ultrasound and new applications are being discovered all the time.
How Will We Prepare Your Pet For the Exam?
The typical ultrasound exam requires no fasting and is easily performed on animals with no sedation or anesthesia. Ultrasound does not penetrate through hair so some clipping of the hair is usually necessary. The exam takes anywhere from 10 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the area being studied and the doctor or sonographer performing the study.
Compliments of Steven Wolchinsky, D.V.M. Rocky Gorge Animal Hospital 301-776-7744 firstname.lastname@example.org