Digital X-ray gives us the ability to evaluate the condition of your pet’s bones and check for foreign objects in the digestive tract, but it is limited in what it can show us of the abdominal organs. Advancements in veterinary ultrasound technology have made it the second most widely used diagnostic imaging tool next to radiography. It enables our Clifton Park veterinary team to study your pet’s internal organs in real-time, without the need for invasive surgery, and allows for adjustments in positioning to capture the clearest image. We are extremely pleased to offer this invaluable, life-saving service to our four-legged patients.
how ultrasound works
Pet ultrasound is a non-invasive, drug-free, virtually painless procedure that uses short pulses of sound to create echoes, which are converted into electrical impulses by the ultrasound machine’s computer system. The electrical impulses are then recorded and translated into a moving, real-time image of the internal organs. Unlike X-rays, soundwave echoes can create a clearer, more detailed picture of the soft tissues. We can study the shape and texture of the organs, and evaluate their blood supply.
what ultrasound helps us see
Areas of the body we can examine with ultrasound include:
- Thoracic cavity
- Cardiovascular system*
- Reproductive system
- Musculoskeletal system
- Abdominal cavity
*We do not have board-certified veterinary cardiologists on staff. For complex cases, we refer to a specialist.
Conditions that can be detected with ultrasound include, but are not limited to:
- Fluid in the abdomen
- Signs of pancreatitis
- Heart abnormalities
- Cysts and tumors
- Muscle, tendon, or cartilage injuries
is sedation necessary?
Sedation is not generally required for ultrasound procedures. If, however, we feel that your pet would experience less stress under light sedation, we may recommend it. This can also help us achieve better positioning.
how ultrasound can help your pet
Ultrasound gives us a clear advantage over X-ray in that it allows us to look for things that would otherwise go undetected. Potentially harmful conditions can be identified and corrected much more efficiently with this technology. We are always striving to improve our standard of pet care and give our patients access to the most state-of-the-art services. Our hope is to help as many animals as possible and give them many happy years with their owners.