Seeing under the skin – that’s what’s possible with ultrasound technology. Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time internal image of an animal’s body, giving us important information about the heart, gastrointestinal system, lungs, nerves, muscles, and abdominal organs.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, soft tissue damage, and other internal injuries. Because ultrasounds don’t require radiation, they can also be used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder. An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size, and contractions. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds rarely require sedation.
Partridge Animal Hospital employs advanced imaging technologies to guarantee the highest quality of care for our patients. We not only have one ultrasound machine but we have two to better serve our patients.
We utilize our radiology (x-ray) machine daily for such diverse conditions as evaluating the heart and lungs for pets with heart murmurs, cough or breathing difficulties; evaluating bones for breaks, arthritis, or tumors; looking in the abdomen for ingested foreign objects, masses, bladder stones; or even evaluating puppies or kittens in pregnant pets.
To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our ultrasound services, call us at (727)526-8700.