Our diagnostic imaging suite would not be complete without an ultrasound machine. Pet ultrasound is an excellent tool that views the body's soft tissues to capture details that X-rays cannot. Widely used in veterinary medicine, ultrasound works by using sound waves instead of radiation to create images of the internal organs. This technology gives Cahaba Valley a major advantage in diagnosing and treating disease, internal injury, and other health problems.
When Would My Pet Need an Ultrasound?
If your pet ever needs an ultrasound, it can help us diagnose:
- Cancerous tumors
- Obstructions in the GI tract
- Heart conditions
- Foreign bodies
- Fluid in the abdomen or around the heart
If you think your pet needs an ultrasound, contact us for more information.
Is the Procedure Comfortable?
Like human ultrasound, pet ultrasound is entirely non-invasive and painless. Additionally, the procedure can be done quickly, which many pets love! By undergoing this procedure, your pet can be diagnosed in a more timely manner and have a treatment plan that helps to alleviate any symptoms they're experiencing from their condition.
How Does Ultrasound Work?
Sound waves are emitted through a handheld probe device in measured pulses that penetrate the skin but bounce off the internal soft tissue organs. When the soundwaves bounce, they produce echoes, which are converted into electrical impulses with our machinery and translated into real time images. This allows us to see your pet’s internal organs and blood vessels in motion.