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In the event of a veterinary emergency, pet ultrasound in Austin provides important diagnostic information. Our emergency veterinary care team may recommend an ultrasound for many reasons, such as abdominal pain or disorders, as well as the examination of other internal organs, including the heart and ears. Ultrasound imaging technology is one of the most effective and affordable imaging technologies currently available, and we are proud to offer our pet patients and pet owners access to this cutting-edge care.
Our pet ultrasound in Austin imaging service uses sound waves to produce highly detailed images of a pet’s internal organs. Our animal ultrasound services are typically used to determine the extent of a disease or the cause for internal health problems. Cat and dog ultrasound is very important since pets cannot verbally communicate the location or severity of pain symptoms. In fact, many pets, even though they are seriously ill, will try and do their best to hide these pain symptoms. Consequently, it can be difficult to effectively diagnose a pet’s health problem without the use of advanced diagnostic imaging like animal ultrasound services.
At Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin, our veterinary care team uses ultrasound for several key reasons. We use it to detect and diagnose health problems affecting the abdominal region and other soft tissues. If a pet is vomiting or suffering from diarrhea, we may also use ultrasound to determine the cause for this abdominal disorder. Cat and dog ultrasound is also important for examining vessels for vascular abnormalities and identifying the cause for abdominal masses. We frequently use cat and dog ultrasound for identifying problems with the liver, spleen, prostate gland, bladder, uterus, stomach and kidneys. Abdominal ultrasounds can identify problems with abdominal masses or tumors, abdominal fluid, and abnormal lymph nodes. In some cases, we may need to perform additional diagnostic tests to accompany the ultrasound imaging. These tests include endoscopy and a biopsy. We may use pet ultrasound in Austin imaging to guide both the endoscopy and biopsy to the correct testing location.
An ultrasound test is performed using special equipment. The pet is placed upon a padded examining table and hair along the abdomen is clipped. The pet is angled comfortably so the abdominal surface is exposed to the examiner. The examiner will then place the probe against the skin of the pet. Ultrasound waves are transmitted from the probe and are either absorbed or echoed by surface organs. Based on how many waves are absorbed or reflected, an image is created of the internal organs. An ultrasound procedure typically takes between 20 and 60 minutes to complete. The procedure is not painful and it is entirely non-invasive. If a pet is uncomfortable or anxious due to pain, a mild sedative may be administered to help the pet relax during the diagnostic exam.
To learn more about pet ultrasound in Austin, contact our animal ultrasound services team today!