Ultrasound

What is ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool that allows us to look within tissues.
How is ultrasound different from x-rays?
X-rays show the overall size and appearance of organs and body structures, but ultrasound can show us the internal structures.  Often abnormalities found on x-rays will be investigated further using ultrasound.
What animals should have an ultrasound?
Any animal where an abnormality such as an enlarged organ or mass is found on examination or x-rays can benefit from ultrasound to better assess the abnormality.  Ultrasound can also be used to evaluate viability of pregnancy and aid in collection of samples such as urine or aspiration of other body fluid.

 

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