Ultrasound and Ultrasonography
At Vernon Woods Animal Hospital, we use state-of-the-art pet ultrasound services to provide our patients with the most accurate pet diagnostics. This technology allows us to assess what is happening inside your pet and locate potential problem areas, beyond what physical exams can detect. Ultrasounds are safe, non-invasive, and without side effects, which reduces risk and injury to your pet.
When would my pet need an ultrasound?
We may recommend ultrasound services for our patients to:
- Diagnose pregnancy
- Detect anomalies or conditions
- Diagnose cancerous tumors, cysts, obstructions
- Identify the cause of underlying symptoms (i.e. vomiting, diarrhea)
- Evaluate the size, location, and health of internal organs
- Create a baseline ultrasound for future examinations
- Recheck a previous problem
Does your pet need an ultrasound? Contact us for more information.
How does ultrasound work?
Sound waves are emitted through a handheld probe device in measured pulses that penetrate the skin but bounce off the internal soft tissue organs. When the soundwaves bounce, they produce echoes, which are converted into electrical impulses with our machinery and translated into real time images. This allows us to see your pet’s internal organs and blood vessels in motion.
Is this procedure comfortable?
Like human ultrasound, pet ultrasound is entirely non-invasive and painless. Additionally, the procedure can be done quickly, which many pets love! By undergoing this procedure, your pet can be diagnosed in a more timely manner and have a treatment plan that helps to alleviate any symptoms they're experiencing from their condition.