Ultrasound also be used to identify thrombus in the aorta, vena cava, portal vein or the the primary branches of these vessels.
Ultrasound is useful for many things beyond the traditional cardiac and abdominal exams. Ultrasound can be used to evaluate muscle lesions, deep subcutaneous or intramuscular mass lesions, chronic draining tracts, the mediastinum, and even some pulmonary lesions. Listed below are some typical as well as some less common uses for ultrasound that can help you get your diagnosis:
Liver Disease: Ultrasound can be used to identify changes associated with hepatic lipidosis, neoplasia, biliary obstruction, gall stones, portosystemic shunts and more:
- Sonogram is minimally invasive and to assess liver condition with minimal risk.
- Ultrasound guided liver biopsy is a common procedure that can often get you a definitive diagnosis with relatively low risk. Ultrasound on the dog in photo below is being preformed in our surgery center by Dr. Susan Holt who joined our Animal Care Wellness Center staff this past summer.
The Animal Care Wellness Hospital & boarding kennel hours are:
Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are closed on Sundays.