Our clinic believes in a multi-modal approach to diagnosing and treating our patients. In certain cases, an ultrasound examination can be an extremely useful diagnostic tool. Ultrasonography is a safe, non-invasive way of evaluating a patient’s internal organs by providing a two-dimensional image of the organs using high-frequency sound waves. During an ultrasound examination, organs such as the liver, kidneys, spleen, gallbladder, adrenals, pancreas, stomach, lymph nodes, urinary bladder, and small and large intestines, are systematically assessed. This can be very helpful in forming a complete list of possible problems. Though most patients tolerate this procedure very well, it is often necessary to put animals under light sedation in order to perform a thorough ultrasound examination.
There are many indications for an ultrasound exam. Abnormal physical exam findings, such as unexplained weight loss, palpable masses, suspected pancreatic disease, and abdominal pain can be further investigated using ultrasonography, as could irregularities in bloodwork and certain radiographic findings such as abdominal fluid, abnormal or irregularly shaped organs, or enlarged lymph nodes. Endocrine conditions and organ inflammation or dysfunction can be evaluated. Ultrasound is also very useful for confirming pregnancies or as part of a general wellness exam.