Ultrasonography / Echocardiography
What happens when your dog or cat is sick or injured and your veterinarian needs to have a "closer look?" Sometimes, veterinarians need to use medical imaging to find out what's wrong with your furry friend or give him or her the best care possible.
Medical imaging is usually recommended when a veterinarian believes there is a problem with your pet that cannot be detected using a basic physical exam or blood test.Imaging with sound waves is called ultrasound imaging, and is the second most common form of medical imaging in veterinary medicine.
When an ultrasound examination is performed, a harmless, high-frequency sound beam - not detectable by humans or pets - is projected into the body of your pet. Ultrasound examinations are complementary to x-rays: they are especially useful in detecting abdominal diseases and are often able to provide a diagnosis when x-rays cannot.