Ultrasounds are powerful diagnostic tools that create real-time images of the inside of an animal’s body. This composite image reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems, helping identify disease, blockages and internal injury.
Ultrasounds broadcast high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, and this real-time image is most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. Echocardiograms, ultrasounds of the heart, provide precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions. This tool is essential when assessing overall heart health and treating cardiovascular disease. Because ultrasounds don’t require radiation, they are also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like radiographs (X-rays), ultrasonography can detect a broad range of abnormalities including cardiovascular disease, skeletal fractures, some forms of cancer, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and organ disease. Ultrasounds are completely painless and noninvasive, and they are among the most precise diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.
Santa Clarita Animal Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
To learn more about ultrasonography and other diagnostic tools available at our veterinary hospital, please contact your Santa Clarita Animal Hospital veterinarian today.