Ultrasound & Radiology

Ultrasonography uses sound waves to generate pictures of organs, tissues, and other interior systems in your pet’s body. Soft tissue issues, such as those involving the gastrointestinal, heart, and nervous systems, are usually identified with ultrasound, as it essentially shows the vet three-dimensional images of these areas. The images produced can provide valuable information for diagnosing and directing treatment of various diseases such as abnormal tissue growth (like lumps or masses) and certain forms of cancer that cannot be identified during a physical examination

Ultrasounds are normally painless and so anesthesia is not necessary while the scan is being performed. Occasionally if the pet is very frightened or anxious, a sedative may be necessary, but this is rare.

Radiographs, or X-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. They can detect abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Digital X-rays also use less radiation, decrease exposure and provide more detailed images.

To schedule a consultation or to learn more about our ultrasound or radiology services, call us at (510) 652-5835.