Chances are good that your primary exposure to ultrasounds has come in the form of a slick black and white photograph of a human baby in-utero, but ultrasonography is a powerful diagnostic tool that we at Old Saybrook use to create real-time internal images of an animal’s body. These images give us important information about your pet’s circulatory, skeletal, and gastrointestinal systems.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasound images can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, and other internal injuries. Because ultrasounds don’t require radiation, they’re also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.
Most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen, and gallbladder, ultrasound is completely painless and non-invasive. It usually requires some sedation, however, because the patient must remain completely still.
To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our ultrasound services, call us at (860) 399-6249.