Ashland Animal Hospital offers ultrasonography, a safe and non-invasive imaging technique for diagnosing and treating sick or injured pets.
An ultrasound uses sound waves, rather than radiation, to penetrate internal organs. X-ray images use radioactive light and can only pick up dense body parts (such as bone and cartilage), but cannot show detail of tissues. Small, fine details that cannot be seen on x-rays may be easily seen on ultrasound.
Similar to sonar technology, an ultrasound transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body. Various tissues "bounce" the waves back toward the ultrasound. The ultrasound then measures the distance for each area that this happens, and uses algorithms to display the "echoes" as an image on the screen.
Ultrasound has become a standard part of any medical work-up. We use it to diagnose a wide variety of heart and other ailments as well as for pregnancy exams. Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure often needing no sedation and minimal restraint while yielding a tremendous amount of information very quickly.
Our state-of-the-art ultrasound machine allows us to examine structures and blood flow both inside the heart and in other vessels in two dimensions. We can watch the heart beat in real time and take measurements to diagnose heart disease. It allows us to see the pancreas, parathyroid, and adrenal glands. These small structures are often more difficult to find with machines of lesser quality.
|This diagnostic imaging method enables virtually anything internal to be visible, allowing veterinarians to detect:|
Guided by the ultrasound images, biopsy and fluid samples can be safely and easily obtained from your pet without performing invasive and costly surgery.
If your pet is experiencing illness or injury, we are here to help. Please call us today at 508-881-2400.