Ultrasound imaging continues to be one of the choice modalities in veterinary practice. This diagnostic tool utilizes high-frequency sound waves to produce internal images in animals. Ultrasound captures images in rea-time and shows both the structures and movement of blood flow in pet internal organs. It’s basically a movie of your pet’s insides. In addition, this imaging diagnostic tool can be performed with little sedation or restraint. Veterinarians use ultrasound imaging to evaluate the spleen, kidneys, liver, abdomen, gallbladder and pancreas. It’s used to guide needle biopsies and to diagnose conditions like kidney stones, pancreatitis, portosystemic shunts and enlarged organs. Since its introduction in the early 1970s, the applications of ultrasound continue to expand in veterinary medicine.
Veterinarians request ultrasound exams for pets for a variety of reasons, including abnormal bloodwork, chronic infections, continual vomiting or diarrhea, biopsy, chest fluid and pre-surgical. For the best ultrasound images, there needs to be good contact with your pet’s skin and the ultrasound probe. Your pet will need to have fur shaved from the area being scanned. A water-based gel is applied the scanned area. Don’t worry about this; your pet’s hair will grow back in three to four weeks. A trained veterinary technician will take your pet to the exam room. Typically, the process takes 20 to 30 minutes. After the testing, a veterinarian will review the images and discuss the results with you. And you don’t have to worry about your pet having an ultrasound, as it’s a totally safe procedure.
White Oaks Veterinary Hospital Offers Digital Imaging for Edmond, Seward, Piedmont, Bethany, Meridian, Jones, and Choctaw
Our animal hospital in Edmond, OK, is a progressive one, and we utilize ultrasound imaging as a diagnostic tool. Sometimes, we may use ultrasound imaging and digital X-rays in combination for even a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment. All of our skilled veterinarians are trained and knowledgeable in both ultrasound imaging and digital X-rays. They have an in-depth knowledge of ultrasound technology to perform ultrasound exams efficiently, accurately and confidently and use state-of-the-art equipment. There is a definitive learning curve to this technology, and our veterinarians have mastered it. They know soft tissue and cardiac imaging along with the imaging of more difficult organs, such as pancreas and adrenals.
If your pet has an injury or is ill, call our veterinary clinic in Edmond at (405) 330-0676 to schedule an ultrasound exam. We serve Edmond, Seward, Piedmont, Bethany, Meridian, Jones and Choctaw.