Ultrasound at Southview Vets
At Southview Veterinary Hospital we combine years of experience and expertise with state-of-the-art Ultrasound technology to provide the best care possible to our patients.
In an ultrasound examination, we gently press a small plastic probe to the surface of the skin. Within this probe is a densely packed array of crystals that have the incredible ability to convert electricity into sound waves and back again.
Every 1/50 of a second the probe sends out a pulse of ultrasonic sound, and then spends the other 49/50 of that second listening for echoes that return.
A very powerful computer interprets the strength of the echoes and the length of time it took for them to return, and converts this information into real-time images of the structure of our patients’ internal organs.
Over the years we have grown our expertise in the use of ultrasound to provide a long and continually expanding list of applications.
Ultrasound provides excellent images that are most commonly used to assess the structure and health of the liver, kidneys, spleen digestive tract and bladder.
FAST scanning techniques, are life-saving and pain-free examinations to assess potential internal organ damage in road traffic accident cases
Ultrasound is a powerful tool to monitor reproductive health and pregnancy diagnosis in breeding animals, including foetal health and development.
We use ultrasound for a wide variety of other applications including examination of the eye, assessing tendon and muscle injuries and detecting disease in the various hormone glands in the body.
Depending on the individual patient and their illness, sedation or anaesthesia may be required; however there are some instances when this is not necessary, something which will be discussed with an owner in full.
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