An ultrasound is a machine that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of inside the body. We commonly use ultrasounds to diagnose liver, kidney, intestinal and bladder disease. Ultrasounds can also show us fluid inside the body where it should or should not be. They are painless, only a little uncomfortable because the patient must lay on their back and be still.
During the ultrasound, the ultrasound assistant or technician will shave the areas to be scanned. Hair is interference and will cause dark shadows to appear. Our veterinarians then use a transducer on the body of the patient to exam the inside of the body. She scans over the liver, pancreas, spleen, stomach, kidneys, intestines and bladder viewing the structure, size, and shape of all organs. Images and measurements of the organs are saved and entered into their medical chart. Sometimes she will use color doppler to see blood flow to and from the organs.