What is Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a non-invasive, non-painful diagnostic test that allows us to visualize the internal organs and evaluate for disease. When we ultrasound the abdomen, we evaluate the liver, gall bladder, kidneys, bladder, spleen, adrenal glands, stomach, intestines, colon, pancreas and lymph nodes.
When we ultrasound the heart, we look at the size and function of the heart. Sometimes we obtain a baseline when a murmur is first heard, or as a clearance for anesthesia. In patients with clinical signs of coughing or difficulty breathing, we are looking for evidence of primary heart disease as a cause of the clinical signs and to rule in/out the possibility of heart failure. Most often, I will request a chest X-ray at the time of the exam to help evaluate the lungs. Blood pressure is also useful in many of these patients. Young puppies and kittens that are diagnosed with murmurs will be advised by your veterinarian to have an echocardiogram to see if there is a congenital abnormality, especially before anesthesia for spay or neuter and to evaluate if your pet is a candidate for a corrective procedure if indicated.
Additional Services We offer
A member of our team will come to your clinic and train you on your ultrasound equipment.
We'll cover knobology & taking measurements, we'll also teach you an ultrasound scanning technique that can quickly be memorized and mastered; whether your focus is abdominal ultrasound or echocardiograms.
Ultrasound Wet Labs
We offer hands-on wet labs for abdominal ultrasound, echocardiograms, and fine needle aspiration.
We maintain small group sizes to ensure maximum participation.
Set up a personal one-on-one wet lab and ride along with one of our mobile sonographers. Our sonographer will provide personalized hands-on training based on your skill set. This is a great way to see ultrasound being used in a clinical setting.
We'll work with you to create a personalized schedule based on your availability, and the number of training days you'd like.