Animal Emergency Critical Care Ultrasound Echocardiogram
Ultrasound is used to examine the soft tissues of the chest and abdomen. No pain is felt while performing this test only slight pressure. Ultrasound is commonly used to diagnose pregnancy, assess masses, and other abnormalities. Biopsies are often performed using ultrasound guidance. Most animals do not need anesthesia for this procedure but sometimes sedatives are used in order to calm an anxious animal.
Echocardiograms (ultrasounds of the heart) are a vital part of a thorough, comprehensive cardiac workup. Images obtained can be sent to a board certified cardiologist for evaluation. This helps expedite a diagnosis and treatment plan.