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Ultrasounds are a form of radiology that use sound waves to create real-time video images of internal bodily structures. This is the same technology that has been used for several decades to generate sonograms of human pregnancy. In veterinary science, it has revolutionized veterinarians ability to safely and accurately diagnose a wide range of conditions.
Ultrasounds allow veterinarians to view fluid-filled structures, soft tissues, and heart and lung abnormalities. In fact, ultrasounds are one of the only tools veterinarians have available to visualize the functions of the heart and lungs for diagnosis.
Ultrasounds are non-invasive, painless, and do not require sedation. The only physical change which may have to be performed on the pet prior to their ultrasound may be a quick shave of the fur in the area the doctor must access with the ultrasound tool. Then, the doctor will apply a cooling gel to the area and use the ultrasound machine to project an image onto a screen within the exam room.
As with x-rays, if the pet’s case is particularly complex, we may electronically send the images to a specialist, or have one present in the room during the examination.
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