At Catskill Veterinary Services, we have ultrasounds available for small and large animals. Ultrasound technology is becoming increasingly common, many clinics using ultrasound machines daily for diagnosis among other things. Ultrasound is the most ideal, noninvasive, non-painful way to evaluate your pet’s organs. These organs include the pet’s liver, spleen, kidney, pancreas, eyes, lymph nodes, testicles, intestinal tract, prostate, uterus/ovaries and hear There are many advantages to using ultrasound on your pets:
- Quick and easy to perform
- Minimal animal patient preparation (no anesthesia)
- No ionizing radiation
- Inexpensive (compared to CAT scans and MRIs)
Another advantage of ultrasound is that it is faster and more affordable than some other advanced imaging modalities.
How Ultrasounds Work
Ultrasound waves are sound waves have a frequency that is inaudible to human beings. These waves travel through the body and are reflected to the transducer (the wand) at any point where there is a change in density. The transducer is connected to an ultrasound machine that determines the intensity level of these “echoes” and maps their location as an image on a screen. Fluid is mapped as black and tissue is mapped as shades of gray. On the other hand, a transducer can detect shifts in frequency that are proportional to the velocity of a moving object and may also provide a moving image on screen.