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In order to perform an ultrasound exam, your pet’s fur must be clipped. Unfortunately, fur prevents the transmission of the sound waves. A 'transducer' (a small hand held tool that emits sound waves) is applied to the surface of the body to which an ultrasound image is desired. Gel is used to help the transducer glide easily and create a more accurate visual image.

Sound waves emitted from the transducer are directed into the body where they are bounced off the various organs to different degrees depending on the density of the tissues and amount of fluid present. The sounds are then fed back through the transducer and are processed into an image on the monitor. Ultrasound is painless procedure and does not involve radiation.

Several Things You Should Know About Ultrasound

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What is Ultrasound and What Can it Do for You and Your Pet?

Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses sound waves, instead of X-rays, to look at the detailed internal structure and composition of internal organs i.e. heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, bladder, stomach, intestines, etc. It can be used to diagnose and monitor a pregnancy. The beauty of ultrasound is that it lets us see inside the organs and we can watch how it moves. For example, we can see inside the Heart to diagnose types of heart disease; inside the kidneys and bladder to identify stones or infection or inside the liver, gallbladder, pancreas and spleen for abnormalities such as infection, fluid, cysts, or tumors. It can detect even small amounts of fluid in the chest or internal hemorrhage in the abdomen. Ultrasound can see how the blood flows through organs with a Doppler. You've heard of Color Doppler Radar for weather forecasting, right? Well, this is Color Doppler Ultrasound. It sees if blood flows within and to an organ properly.
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Carol Mandell DVM, PhD.