A pet ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique used to visualize internal organs and vessels for pathology. Ultrasonography involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound images are captured in real-time, so they can show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.
Who will be performing my pet’s Ultrasound?
A veterinarian who has undergone further schooling and training in the field of radiology will be performing the ultrasound for your pet. They have written certified exams to become a board-certified Radiologist.
What is the procedure before the Ultrasound?
Once your Veterinarian has suggested having an ultrasound performed on your pet, they will fill out a referral form in your file, so it is ready for the Radiologists’ review on the day of the ultrasound. We require a deposit of $100 to hold your pets’ place on the ultrasound list, and this deposit can be applied to the ultrasound invoice at the end of the day.
In most cases, you will be given a drop off time for your pet for the day of the ultrasound, and instructed not to feed your pet after 10pm the night before. Your pet can have water during the night but taken away in the morning. This is to ensure that the Radiologist can view all edges of your pet’s internal organs without food/stool being in the way, and in case sedation is required for the ultrasound.