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Ultrasound


Similar to radiography, ultrasonography is another frequently-used, non-invasive imaging modality that can provide detailed information about your cat. We have recently acquired a state-of-the-art ultrasound unit to provide superior diagnostic images.

Cat getting an ultrasound
Cat getting an ultrasound

Overview

Ultrasonography is a non-invasive imaging technology that uses soundwaves to painlessly render an image of internal structures. Fur causes interference in the image and we may need to shave your cat around the area of interest. Because ultrasounds are painless, compliant patients can be imaged while awake and the procedure is typically quick. Fractious or wiggly patients may require sedation in order for us to obtain good images or diagnostic samples.

Why would my cat need an ultrasound?

Ultrasonography provides images of organs of the chest and abdomen and may detect abnormalities such as cysts, tumors, thickening or fluid accumulation, if present. Because ultrasound imaging is “real-time”, they are useful tools for diagnosing pregnancy and for monitoring developing kittens.

When would my cat get an ultrasound test?

An ultrasound is an informative tool for evaluating your cat’s internal organs and may be recommended when our veterinarians find abnormalities on blood work or x-rays that requires further diagnostics. It can also be used to monitor the progression of disease over time.

How does ultrasound testing work?

Ultrasound equipment directs a narrow beam of high frequency sound waves into the area of interest. The sound waves either transmit through, reflect, or absorb in the tissues that they encounter. Any ultrasound waves that are reflected will return as echoes and convert into an image that is displayed on the monitor, giving a 2-dimensional image of the tissues under examination. With the ability to obtain real time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.

The exam is completely painless. Typically, no anesthesia or sedation is necessary as most animals will lie comfortably while the scan is being performed. Your pet may need to be shaved in the area of interest, as veterinary ultrasound images are of better quality if they have complete contact with the skin.