Part of our suite of diagnostic imaging
Ultrasound is a commonly used imaging format in veterinary practice. The technology produces pictures of the inside of the body through the use of inaudible sound waves, which reflect off of body structures producing a reflection signature that can then be compared to standard measurements. Ultrasound can be used to evaluate most soft tissues in the body.
What is ultrasound used for?
Ultrasound is used to diagnose many common conditions such as cancer, obstructions, pancreatitis, heart conditions, and others. Ultrasound can distinguish fluid from soft tissue masses or foreign bodies, which can be difficult to discern on x-rays. This can be a lifesaving factor if, say, there is blood in the abdomen or around the heart.
Of course, it is also used to view puppies and kittens in utero!
Is ultrasound painful?
The procedure is quick, painless, and non-invasive. In fact, because ultrasound is so easy to perform and quick to show results, it can actually prevent prolonging your pet’s pain, as we can see what the issue is and begin to address it as quickly as possible.
If your pet is in need of an ultrasound, feel free to give us a call at 512-832-4119. Scheduling generally only requires 24 hours notice. In addition, our fee is averaging 40-50% lower than surrounding clinics.