Ultrasonography is a painless non-invasive method of imaging using high-pitched sounds waves (ultrasound). Sound waves are emitted from a hand-held transducer, often called a probe, and subsequently reflected by internal structures back to the probe to create an image. These ultrasound waves generate views of organs including the liver, spleen, gallbladder, intestines, bladder and kidneys.
How is an ultrasound performed?
When your pet is receiving their ultrasound screening, they are supported in a cushioned pillow and veterinary nurses hold and soothe them to keep them as relaxed as possible. Ultrasound images are best viewed while you pet has an empty stomach, and through a shaved belly. Whenever possible, we will have your pet fast prior to their appointment, and once they are in our clinic, we will shave a portion of their abdomen. The veterinarian performing the ultrasound will use the probe to focus on the areas of concern while your pet is lying still. Most screenings do not require anesthesia or sedation, however we will inform you if we believe your pet must be sedated in order to safely complete the procedure.