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What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound imaging (sonography) uses high-frequency sound waves to view inside the body. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can also show movement of the body's internal organs as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels. Unlike X-ray imaging, there is no ionizing radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging.

In an ultrasound exam, a transducer (probe) is placed directly on the skin or inside a body opening. A thin layer of gel is applied to the skin so that the ultrasound waves are transmitted from the transducer through the gel into the body.

The ultrasound image is produced based on the reflection of the waves off of the body structures. The strength (amplitude) of the sound signal and the time it takes for the wave to travel through the body provide the information necessary to produce an image.

Uses:

Ultrasound imaging is a medical tool that can help a physician evaluate, diagnose and treat medical conditions. Common ultrasound imaging procedures include:

Abdominal ultrasound (to visualize abdominal tissues and organs)

Bone sonometry (to assess bone fragility)

Doppler ultrasound (to visualize blood flow through a blood vessel, organs, or other structures)

Echocardiogram (to view the heart)

Fetal ultrasound (to view the fetus in pregnancy)

Ultrasound-guided biopsies (to collect a sample of tissue)

Ophthalmic ultrasound (to visualize ocular structures)

Ultrasound-guided needle placement (in blood vessels or other tissues of interest)


We take pride in offering the best and most up to date medical care for your loved pet.  We are always looking for the most efficient way to diagnose a problem and find the safest and simplest treatment.  Radiography helps with diagnoses in many cases and is necessary in all Hospitals & Practices.

Whats the difference between Digital and Film X-Ray?

We use Digital X-ray sensors instead of traditional photographic film. The advantage of digital is time efficiency through bypassing chemical processing and the ability to digitally transfer and enhance images. Also, less radiation can be used to produce an image of similar contrast to conventional radiography. Better for your pet!

Instead of X-ray film, digital radiography uses a digital image capture device. This gives advantages of immediate image preview and availability; elimination of time used for film processing steps; a wider dynamic range, which makes it more forgiving for over- and under-exposure; as well as the ability to apply special image processing techniques that enhance overall display quality of the image.