A non-invasive way to diagnose sick & injured pets.
As in human ultrasound imaging, this technique uses a lubricating gel and probe that passes over the abdomen and chest regions of the patient to assess soft tissues and detect diseases, cancers, and pregnancy. Unlike X-Rays, ultrasound uses sound waves to penetrate tissues, producing real-time images/videos of the body cavity or organ systems and their functioning.
When the heart is the target of study, it is called an echocardiogram or echo. The series of images obtained from an echo can be used to interpret a physical exam finding of a heart murmur or rhythm disturbance, stage cardiac disease, or uncover a congenital defect of the heart.
What conditions can be diagnosed by ultrasound?
Some injuries and conditions that can be identified via ultrasound include:
- Bladder and kidney stones
- Gastrointestinal obstructions
- Cysts and tumors
- Heart conditions
Ultrasound also allow us to safely collect biopsy and fluid samples without having to perform invasive surgeries.
If your pet is showing signs of illness or injury, call us at (843) 524-0198 to schedule an appointment. An ultrasound may be able to assist in diagnosing the problem.