Ultrasonography

Ultrasonography:

Central Vets & Pets undertakes ultrasound diagnostics for many of its clients. 

Being able to ‘look’ into the abdomen or chest with this electronic device, provides our veterinary surgeons yet another diagnostic tool for helping your pet get better. 

Ultrasound provides opportunity to identify organ structure such as liver and kidneys and determine whether masses, should be there or not. 

Kidney health and bladder stones are readily identified with this machine, enabling our surgeons to identify exactly what is occurring prior to any necessary operation. 

At Central Vets & Pets, we have invested in state of the art technology allowing our veterinary team to access many different diagnostic machines such as the digital x-ray suite, in house blood analyser, and light endoscopes.  The ultrasound unit is another investment for our clients to benefit from.

And all of this is under one roof at the same facility, with trained veterinary staff and veterinary technicians striving to help your pets, when in need.

What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scanning is a painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (inaudible to humans) to produce images of structures within the body. When sound waves are directed into the body, some are absorbed by body tissues and others bounce back. The sound waves that bounce back are measured by the ultrasound machine and are transformed into an image on a screen. The images can be printed or recorded. Extensive training is required in order to correctly use this equipment and interpret these images.

Ultrasound scans are most useful for looking at soft or fluid-filled organs; like the liver, kidney, bladder and heart. It is less effective for examining bones or air-filled organs, like the lungs.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for an ultrasound scan?

We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on the morning of admission as they will require sedation or a general anaesthetic.

The area to be scanned will be shaved, so your pet may look different when they come home.  No pain is felt during an ultrasound exam.  During the scan a water-soluble gel is applied over the clipped area to be examined and a transducer (probe) is placed on the skin.

Once the scan has been done we will give you a call or book an appointment for our veterinarians to discuss their findings and suggested treatment plan for your pet.