Our Vets often use non-invasive ultrasound scans to see what’s going on inside your pet in more detail, helping them diagnose suspected internal health conditions quickly.
How we use ultrasound at Rowan Vets
Ultrasound works by bouncing high-frequency sound waves off tissues and converting the echoes into black & white images. This advanced equipment allows our Vets 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 also aid our Vets when taking needle biopsies of internal organs, by giving them a live and up-close view of the biopsy site. They are also used for disease screening and to aid some courses of treatment.
Common conditions that can be diagnosed using 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 Vet in charge of your pet’s case will discuss this with you when they are admitted for investigations.