Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedure, which, unlike X-rays, does not result in your pet’s exposure to radiation. An ultrasound machine uses sound waves to penetrate the internal organs and creates an image that is displayed on a monitor. The procedure involves using a hand-held probe on the skin above the area being studied.
An ultrasound of the heart, or echocardiogram, is the most useful test for evaluating a heart murmur in a pet. With ultrasound, a veterinarian can look inside the heart, in the chambers, and visualize the valves. This non-surgical test can rule out or confirm a diagnosis and aid in determining the amount of leakage and the severity of an abnormality. Our state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment can be a tremendous help when obtaining a biopsy or aspirate of an organ so the diagnoses can be made with minimal invasiveness and much less stress on your pet.
Abdominal ultrasound simplifies the diagnoses of internal disease by providing veterinarians with a clear view inside the patient’s stomach, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs.
Some of the common reasons to ultrasound a heart are:
- Heart murmur
- Irregular heartbeats (arrhythmia)
- Labored breathing
- Birth defects
Some of the common reasons to ultrasound the abdomen are:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary bladder disease
- Screening for cancer
While many of our veterinarians are skilled in the use of the ultrasound equipment, Dr. Susan Coe has received advanced training. In order to schedule an ultrasound, please call our office at (704) 334-4684(704) 334-4684 for a consultation appointment.
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