Ultrasonography is a non-invasive way of assessing structures with the abdomen, chest, heart and the eye. In most animals it can be performed without the need for sedation or anaesthesia.
Ultrasound is a form of sound wave, which can pass through skin and tissues into the body. The sound waves are directed through the area the vet wants to look at and some of them are reflected back like an echo. These echoes are then organised into an image on the screen by the computer that the vet is then able to interpret.
To ensure good contact between the Ultrasound probe head and the skin of your pet, the hair will be shaved off and ultrasound gel applied.
Results of the scan will be discussed with you the same day. However in some cases ultrasound is used to facilitate taking samples which may need to be sent to the lab for testing, so these results may take a few more days to come back.