Ultrasound scans provide a non-invasive way to see what is going on inside animals in more detail. Results are instant, making these extremely helpful when diagnosing suspected internal health conditions.
We have ultrasound imaging and digital X-ray facilities at our Wincanton and Gillingham sites.
How ultrasound works
Ultrasound works by bouncing high-frequency sound waves off tissues and converting the echoes into black & white images. This advanced equipment allows our Veterinary Surgeons to look inside living organs like the heart, liver, kidneys, and bladder. Results are available immediately, which helps our team make a fast diagnosis.
Ultrasound machines are often used when taking needle biopsies of internal organs as they show a live, up-close view of the biopsy site. They are also used for disease screening and to confirm pet pregnancies.
Common pet health conditions diagnosed with ultrasound:
- Abdominal masses
- Kidney disease
- Bladder stones
- Cushing’s disease
- Liver disease
- Tears in the leg tendons & ligaments
- Joint & bone issues
- Cardiac conditions
- Pet pregnancies
Pet ultrasound scans are usually performed on conscious pets, but we occasionally may need to use light sedation. The Veterinary Surgeon in charge of your pet’s case will discuss this with you when they are admitted for investigations.