Diagnostic Ultrasound Imaging

(1)Diagnostic ultrasound is an economical and painless examination often requiring little or no sedation for the majority of our small animal patients.

1.This technology is safe and does not use ionizing radiation such as x-rays.

2.Ultrasonography provides important information on the structure and blood flow of the internal organs.It is often useful in identifying both focal and systemic diseases.

3.It allows for targeted sampling of body cavity fluid and assists in guiding a needle to the exact location of a lesion thus avoiding and protecting other vital structures.

(2)Diagnostic ultrasound uses the high frequency sound waves to make images of the body's internal organs much like a high detail version of the sonar images used by fisherman for detecting fish.The hair coat is focally clipped over the abdomen to improve contact between the transducer and the patient.This is needed to improve image quality.An ultrasound transducer is placed on the patient's abdomen. The abdominal organs are then imaged, the images recorded and a report on the findings is included in the medical record.The image produced with ultrasound technology provides unique and superior differentiation of the organs and soft tissue structures of the body.