Ultrasound imaging technology sends soundwaves through the body and records the echoing waves to create a clear, real-time video of the organs, abdominal region, and chest cavity. The results give us greater insight to potential abnormalities in the body, particularly in regards to fluid-filled structures and soft-tissues.
At the Animal Hospital of Dunedin, our medical team utilizes ultrasound technology to investigate a wide range of medical concerns, such as abdominal masses, foreign body ingestion, heart and lung abnormalities, some forms of cancer, and pregnancy.
The procedure takes less than an hour, in most cases. First, your pet will be placed gently on their side and kept calm by our trained team. Next, we will apply a cool gel to the skin and glide a probe across the skin’s surface. If your pet has a lot of fur, we may need to shave a small area in order to take the ultrasound images.
Because ultrasound imaging is a non-invasive and painless procedure, general anesthesia is typically not necessary. Our clinical team is trained to mitigate stress in your pet by speaking to them in a calm and comforting voice and giving head scratches and praise. Please understand, if your pet is showing high levels of stress or aggression, we may need to administer a low-level sedative. We will acquire your consent first.
We want our diagnoses to be as informed as possible every time. That’s why your veterinarian may recommend ultrasound imaging and digital x-ray imaging. Ultrasound imaging is often used as a complementary diagnostic procedure to digital radiography. Together, these image results give us a comprehensive understanding of your pet’s internal health status.