Companion Animal Ultrasound
While digital radiography allows us to examine the condition of your pet’s bones and detect signs of arthritis or fracture, our pet ultrasound machine enables us to study the heart and abdominal organs in greater detail. Ultrasound is the second most commonly used diagnostic imaging tool next to radiography and allows us to examine your pet’s organs in real time, and adjust positioning for the best possible image. At Sharon Veterinary Clinic, we are pleased to offer our animal ultrasound services, because it gives us the ability to go above and beyond in the care of your pet.
What is Ultrasound, and How Does It Work?
Pet ultrasound is a drug-free, non-invasive procedure that uses short pulses of sound to develop a real-time, moving image of your pet’s internal organs. The echoes that result from the soundwave pulses bouncing off the soft tissues are converted into electrical impulses by the ultrasound machine’s computer system. These impulses are recorded and the machine translates them into an image, which we can then evaluate for clues about your pet’s condition.
What Can We See with Ultrasound?
Our veterinary team utilizes the Esaote ultrasound machine to produce the clearest, highest-quality images of your pet’s cardiac, abdominal, and musculoskeletal systems. Image acquisition time is greatly reduced, and, like radiography, the procedure is completely painless. Our pet ultrasound capabilities include:
- General imaging to examine the shape and texture of soft tissue organs
- Cardiac imaging
- Advanced cardiac imaging
- Imaging of the reproductive system
- Imaging of the musculoskeletal system
With the help of ultrasound, we can detect:
- Signs of pancreatitis
- Injuries of the muscles, tendons and cartilage
- Fluid in the abdomen
- Abnormalities of the heart
- Cysts and tumors
Will my Pet Need to be Sedated?
Sedation is not usually necessary for us to perform an ultrasound, but if we feel it would help us obtain the clearest images with minimal stress to your companion, we may recommend it. We will be very happy to talk with you about the benefits of pet ultrasound and what you can expect to take place during the procedure. If you have any questions about ultrasound or would like to schedule an exam for your loved one, please give us a call at (781) 784-7554.