We can look inside an animal’s body non-invasively
Ultrasound imaging using high frequency sound projected into the body to create a picture from the returning echoes. This method of internal imagery is used to look at the structure of the inside of the body in a safe and non-invasive way.
At Newnham Court Vets we have a high quality ultrasound scanner that provides us with clear images so that we can make educated diagnoses. We use our ultrasound extensively in a number of ways:
- For pregnancy diagnoses in bitches – In this instance, a scan is most beneficial around 25 days after mating. At this time, the scan can give a rough idea of how large or small a litter is going to be. If an ultrasound is carried out 35+ days after mating it will clearly show whether the animal is pregnant, but may be impossible to give any idea as to likely numbers.
- To look at the heart – This is called echocardiography and enables us to look at the size and structure of the heart.
- To look at the abdomen – By looking at this area we are able to see the liver, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, stomach, intestines, bladder, lymph nodes and the reproductive tract.
- To look at the glands of the head and neck – For example, the thyroid and parathyroid glands.
- To look at the eyes – For example, to see if the lens in the eye has slipped out of position; or whether there is retinal detachment.
- To look at the muscles and tendons
- Ultrasound is very useful to see if something looks wrong in an area of the body. It rarely tells us why something is wrong, but it can be used to guide us when we’re taking samples and biopsies. These can then lead to a diagnosis being reached in a minimally invasive way.
- To monitor response to therapy.
If you would like more information about ultrasound imaging please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have regarding the health of your pet.
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