We provide ultrasound scans to diagnose problems involving your pet’s soft tissues.
Ultrasounds are especially effective to take images of different organs in the abdominal cavity such as the liver, kidneys and bladder.
We arrange for a specialist veterinary ultrasonographer to come to us so we can conveniently perform your pet’s ultrasound scans with your regular vet present to immediately interpret the results.
The scan usually involves little or no sedation and takes between 30 and 60 minutes in most cases.
We also provide echocardiography – a specialised ultrasound scan of the heart.
How ultrasounds works
Ultrasound scanning is non-invasive and painless.
The procedure uses high-frequency soundwaves to produce images of structures within the body. When soundwaves are directed into the body some are absorbed by body tissues and others bounce back. The soundwaves that bounce back are measured by the ultrasound machine and transformed into an image on a screen. These images can be printed or recorded.
Extensive training is required to correctly use ultrasound equipment and to interpret images.