Hope Animal Hospital's advanced ultrasound machine captures moving images of soft tissue. It is a painless and safe procedure, but it does require a shaved belly. Ultrasound is especially good for diagnosing abnormalities such as cancerous masses and pancreatitis. All doctors performing ultrasounds at Hope have received special training in the technique. However, there may be occasions when we will refer for further diagnostics by a board certified ultrasonographer, notably for cardiac ultrasounds.