Veterinary Ultrasounds in Huntsville and Madison, AL
An ultrasound examination, also known as ultrasonography, is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows internal body structures to be seen by recording echoes or reflections of ultrasonic waves. Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds involve no radiation. To schedule your pet’s ultrasound in Huntsville and Madison, call us at (256) 837-9700.
Are There Different Forms of Ultrasound?
Depending on the images produced, ultrasound can take various forms. In veterinary work, B-mode (brightness-mode) ultrasound, more commonly called two-dimensional ultrasound, is the most common form. This gives a two-dimensional picture of the organ scanned. This is the type of ultrasound that is used to examine abdominal structures, perform pregnancy diagnosis, evaluate cardiac function, and examine the eyes for certain eye diseases.
How We Support You:
- Quick & Comfortable Examination
- Knowledgeable Staff
- Immediate Results in some cases
Will My Dog Need an Anesthetic?
Anesthesia is not usually needed for most ultrasound examinations unless biopsies are to be taken. The technique is totally painless and most dogs will lie comfortably while the scan is being performed. Occasionally, if the dog is very frightened or fractious, a sedative may be necessary.
Is It Necessary to Shave My Pet’s Fur?
In most cases, the fur must be shaved to perform an ultrasound examination. Since ultrasound waves are not transmitted through air, it is imperative that the hand-held probe makes complete contact with the skin. In some cases, such as pregnancy diagnosis, it may be possible to get adequate images by moistening the hair with rubbing alcohol and applying a copious amount of water-soluble ultrasound gel. But don’t worry, this is something we will take care of for you.
When Will I Know the Results of the Examination?
Since an ultrasound study is performed in real-time, most cases can have results right away. Other cases may need to be sent out to a radiologist for further review and can take up to a week for results.