An abdominal ultrasound (aka sonogram) is a non-invasive procedure used to examine and evaluate an animal’s internal organs without having to create an incision.
Abdominal ultrasounds can be used for a variety of purposes which may include assessing tumors, examining organs or observing heart functions, among other things. The abdominal ultrasound is also used extensively in assessing the peritoneal cavity, lymph nodes and great vessels.
Additionally, ultrasounds are often used in conjunction with x-rays for a more detailed assessment, allowing us to gain a better understanding of the health of your pet without the need for invasive surgical examination under anesthesia. This also gives us the opportunity to avoid the risks, pain and recovery that comes along with such an invasive investigation.
Conveniently, our dedicated sonographers will transport our specialized equipment directly to your hospital, complete the ultrasound in-house and send the imaging back to our facility for interpretation by a board-certified veterinary internist who will recommend treatment options.
We offer STAT reads, at a nominal fee, for your critical patients, providing immediate results. One of our specialists will speak with you over the phone to discuss the case.
An echocardiogram is a type of ultrasound used to examine an animal’s heart.
This non-invasive procedure is useful when a pet presents symptoms that are indicative of heart disease or other congenital diseases during an examination and/or x-ray by your family veterinarian.
Conveniently, our dedicated sonographers will transport our specialized equipment directly to your hospital, complete the echocardiogram in-house and send the imaging back to our facility for interpretation by a board-certified veterinary cardiologist who will recommend treatment options.
Our veterinary specialists and sonographers bring decades of experience to our mobile ultrasound team.
In a fine-needle guided aspiration, small cell samples are collected from the patient. We then use these samples to test suspicious cells, growths, parasites or fungi, without the need for surgery.
During the guided aspiration, we are able to use sonogram technology to carefully guide the doctor to the suspicious area, allowing him or her to collect the target cells without the need for an invasive procedure.
Unfortunately, your pet or patient may experience some discomfort or pain during the aspiration due to the use of a needle. However, this will vary from patient to patient and some may not feel any pain at all.
When we come to your animal hospital to perform our procedures, we ask that you adhere to our protocols to ensure everyone's safety.
Recent advances in ultrasounds allow more accurate reading and detection of potential problems.
We are able to use small parts ultrasound to better examine activity in the heart, valve movement and other areas when determining a diagnosis.
Ultimately, this is beneficial for the patient because we can avoid the use of anesthesia and incisions as well as the accompanying risks of infection or complication.
Small parts ultrasound allows us to quickly scan the pet and return him or her to the owner, without the need for hospitalization. Furthermore, the associated expense for the owner is significantly less than the cost of exploratory surgery.