An ultrasound scan alllows detailed examination of soft tissues and helps to diagnose diseases, particularly for conditions involving soft tissues such as the heart or abdominal organs. It can also be used to diagnose pregnancy.
Mont Albert Vet uses a Honda ultrasound scanner to assist with evaluation of your pet’s condition when required.
An ultrasound scan does not hurt your pet or cause your pet any pain.
What happens to my pet when it is booked in for an ultrasound scan?
Your pet will usually be admitted into hospital for a day or half-day to have an ultrasound scan done. You should not feed your pet on the morning of admission as they may need to be sedated to allow us to do the best possible scan.
The area to be scanned will be clipped. Sometimes the clipping can be over a large area so your pet may have a funny haircut when they go home. A water-soluble gel is then applied over the area to be examined and a transducer probe is placed on the skin. Your pet will not feel any pain but may feel some pressure from the movement of the probe across the examination area.
Many pets can be examined without sedation but some may need sedation if they are a little anxious or seem to be uncomfortable.
Once the scan has been done we will give you a call or book an appointment for our vet to show you the images and discuss the diagnosis and a treatment plan.
What is an ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scanning is a painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves generated by the probe to produce images of structures within the body. The sound waves used are inaudible to humans.
Some of the sound waves are absorbed by body tissues and some bounce back to the probe. The sound waves that bounce back are measured by the ultrasound machine and transformed into an image on the screen.
Extensive training is required in order to correctly use ultrasound equipment and to interpret the images. Images can be uploaded into our patient files for later viewing and as a record of the exam.
Ultrasound scans are most useful for looking at soft or fluid-filled organs such as the liver, kidney, bladder and heart.