An ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that enables an in-depth view of your pet's organs. Many times x-rays, which reveal the size, dimensions and position of the organ, will be utilized in combination with an ultrasound. The ultrasound allows for the evaluation of internal organs and is a highly useful in evaluating heart conditions (referred to as echocardiogram), detecting alterations in abdominal organs and assisting in the recognition of cysts and tumors. With the ability for real-time monitoring.
No anesthesia or sedation is necessary to administer an ultrasound on the heart or the abdomen if your pet is cooperative. With the ability to obtain real time information, the outcome can be evaluated right away, however, in some cases the images may need to be sent to a veterinary radiologist for a more in-depth evaluation.