Ultrasonography, or ultrasound, is a diagnostic imaging technique similar to radiography (x rays) and is usually used in conjunction with radiography or other diagnostic measures. It allows visualization of the deep structures of the body.
Ultrasound can be used for a variety of purposes including examination of the animal’s heart, lungs, kidneys, gallbladder, bladder, etc. It can be used to determine pregnancy and to monitor ongoing pregnancy. Ultrasound can detect fluid, cysts, tumour or abscesses.
A ‘transducer’ (a small handheld tool) is applied to the surface of the body to which an ultrasound image is desired. Gel is used to help the transducer slide over the skin surface and create a more accurate visual image.
Sound waves are emitted from the transducer and directed into the body where they are bounced off the various organs to different degrees depending on the density of the tissues and amount of fluid present. The sounds are then fed back through the transducer and are reflected on a viewing monitor. Ultrasound is a painless procedure and no known side effects. It does not involve radiation.
At Muskoka Animal Hospital we use also use the ultrasound as a guiding tool during biopsy procedures, allowing us to obtain samples for pathology testing.
We are happy to accept referrals from other practices for ultrasound at our clinic.