First developed to track submarines during World War I, ultrasound technology has long been used to diagnose disease and monitor fetal growth in human patients. Since the early 1980s, the diagnostic tool has been widely used in veterinary medicine and is one of the high-quality medical services we offer at West Chelsea Veterinary.
Ultrasounds have become an essential tool at small animal veterinary practices. This technology offers a non-invasive diagnostic method that allows us to detect illnesses early and provide better outcomes overall and a more precise prognosis for our patients.
Sound Waves Enable Real-Time Results
Ultrasonography works by emitting high-frequency sound waves through an ultrasound transducer, an electronic device that transforms energy from one type to another. The sound waves bounce off internal organs or tissues to make echoes, which are then picked up by the transducer and displayed as an image on an attached video monitor.
Ultrasonography is extremely useful in the examination process because images are captured and displayed in real-time, allowing our ultrasonographers to view both the structure and movement of internal organs to get a much clearer sense of the issue under examination.
Ultrasound is Key to Emergency Care
A typical examination will often require no tranquilization or anesthesia. Ultrasounds are easily performed on small animals with little to no added stress or trauma as well. A quick shave of the area to be scanned and a small dab of gel is generally all that’s needed to get an ultrasound underway, meaning this diagnostic tool is especially useful in emergencies. In critical care situations, ultrasounds are often our first step as they can provide a significant amount of diagnostic information very quickly.
Technology First Line of Defense in Pet Care
In addition to acute care, we use ultrasounds in a myriad of scenarios at West Chelsea Veterinary. Ultrasounds are used to evaluate your pet’s abdominal organs, such as the stomach and intestines, liver, gall bladder, spleen, kidneys, and pancreas, to name a few. Ultrasounds specifically work well to detect internal abnormalities such as nodules, masses, cysts, and abscesses, and are used in combination with other procedures for diagnostic purposes.
Ultrasonography is also an excellent tool in caring for senior pets. As pets age, they can begin to show symptoms of the types of illnesses associated with old age such as cancer, kidney disease, Cushing’s disease, and heart disease. Ultrasounds help detect disorders at an early stage, making it easier to provide proactive rather than reactive treatment to help improve your pet’s quality of life.
To learn more about West Chelsea Veterinary ultrasound services, please contact us today.