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Ultrasound studies are most helpful to evaluate soft tissue and fluid structures. Energy in the form of sound waves is passed into the body. Reflected sound waves returning to the probe are used to create an image of the internal organs. Moving organs may be evaluated during motion, such as the beating heart, flowing blood and contracting intestines. Gastrointestinal foreign material may be identified on an ultrasound exam when it is not apparent on radiographs. While radiographs are useful to assess organ size and overall shape, an ultrasound exam allows for evaluation of the organ architecture and blood supply. Ultrasound examinations are commonly performed on the abdomen, thorax, neck, eyes and soft tissue structures of the head, trunk and legs. In addition to assessment of organ architecture, ultrasound examination is helpful to identify free fluid within a body cavity (i.e., thorax and abdomen).

Ultrasound Guided Aspirate and Core Biopsy, Including Abdominocentesis And Thoracocentesis

Following assessment of an organ and the surrounding structures, ultrasound imaging is used to guide needle placement into a selected tissue or cavity. A sample of tissue or fluid may be drawn through the needle as an aspirate to analyze the cells or other contents of the sample (cytology and microbiology). A larger needle may be used to retrieve a small piece of solid tissue for a core-biopsy to analyze the architecture of the tissue (histopathology). Ultrasound guidance is commonly used to removing fluid from the chest cavity (thoracocentesis) and abdominal cavity (abdominocentesis).

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Diagnostic Imaging

Veterinarians are not always able to determine a pet’s problem by reviewing of a patient’s medical history and performing a complete physical examination. They often need to perform some type of diagnostic imaging, which may include:

  • Radiography / x-rays
  • Ultrasonography
  • Computer tomography (CT/CAT scan)
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Our team of board-certified veterinary specialists and highly trained emergency doctors works closely with board-certified veterinary radiologists to correlate medical image findings with other examinations and test results to help in the diagnosis of many disease conditions. Diagnostic imaging helps our veterinarians evaluate:

  • Musculoskeletal system for bone and muscle disorders
  • Cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders
  • Gastrointestinal and digestive system problems
  • Reproductive organs
  • Urinary elimination systems

We are committed to providing optimal care to our patients using state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic imaging. We also provide outpatient ultrasonography services for veterinarians through our Internal Medicine Department.

Our Diagnostic Imaging Services

Abdominal Ultrasonography Abdominocentesis and Cystocentesis
Computed Tomography CT Scanning
Digital Radiography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

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