Ultrasonography

Your regular veterinarian can refer your pet to Walker Road Animal Hospital for an ultrasound procedure to help clarify or diagnosis a number of health issues or complications. The health records obtained from an ultrasound with Dr. Kaye will be sent back to your regular veterinarian for diagnosis and continued treatment. We recommend a formal referral from your regular veterinarian in order to set up a ultrasound procedure. The completion of this referral will allow our ultrasonographer to review your pet’s history and key areas of concern prior to the procedure.

Dr. Andy Kaye, DVM

Dr. Andy Kaye is our resident sonographer. Although not board certified, Dr. Kaye has extensive knowledge and a special interest in ultrasonography .

On emergency basis, any of our resident DVM’s may perform a quick ultrasound test, called an A-Fast or T-Fast. This quick, non-invasive procedure will assist our veterinarians in determining the presence of fluid in the abdominal and/or thoracic cavity.

Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive, pain-free procedure that uses sound waves to examine a pet’s internal organs and other structures inside the body. It can be used to evaluate the animal’s heart, kidneys, liver, gallbladder, and bladder; to detect fluid, cysts, tumors, or abscesses; and to confirm pregnancy or monitor an ongoing pregnancy.

We may use this imaging technique in conjunction with radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis. Interpretation of ultrasound images requires great skill on the part of the clinician.

The procedure involves the application of gel to the surface of the body, followed by methodical movements of a transducer (a small handheld tool) across the skin to record images of the area of interest. The gel helps the transducer slide more easily and create a more accurate visual image.

The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.

Ultrasound does not involve radiation, has no known side effects, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated or anesthetized. The hair in the area to be examined usually needs to be shaved so the ultrasonographer can obtain a good result.

If you have any questions about our ultrasonography service or what to expect during your pet’s procedure, please don’t hesitate to ask.