Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.
We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis. Interpretation of ultrasound images requires great skill on the part of the clinician. Ultrasounds are performed at Wayland Animal Clinic by our board-certified cardiologist who is available on a regular bi-weekly schedule. If your pet requires an ultrasound, your veterinarian will work with you and our front desk staff to arrange an appointment with our specialist. These are typically done on an outpatient basis. If your veterinarian feels that the need for an ultrasound is urgent in nature, she may refer you to one of our local 24-hour emergency centers so that you can receive immediate diagnosis and treatment.
Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain the best result.
If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.