Our Ultrasound Approach
If you ask Clinton Veterinary Hospital co-owner and veterinarian Lauren Price, VMD, what she’d do if she could only use one diagnostic tool, she’d say — without pause — ultrasound.
A Progressive-Practice Approach
We take a progressive-practice approach with ultrasound, something Dr. Price gleaned from her accreditation work with the North American Veterinary Community. Progressive ultrasound means, essentially, that we use it for everything we can use it for.
Common reasons to ultrasound the heart (echocardiogram) are:
- Heart murmurs
- Irregular heartbeats
- Labored breathing
- Structural defects from birth
Common reasons to ultrasound the abdominal area (internal medicine) are:
- Cancer screening
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Bladder disease
The Diagnostic Effectiveness of Ultrasound
Ultrasound is well known for being able to assess the health of a fetus, but the technology’s waves can generate precise images of abdominal organs, too.
Because ultrasound images are produced in real time, this technology can be used to evaluate organ function in addition to structural defects. For instance, ultrasound makes it possible to detect abnormalities in blood flow through the heart and contractions of the heart muscle.
Diagnosing issues in the heart, liver, spleen, gallbladder, and kidneys becomes significantly more effective with ultrasound. It is also useful for diagnosing and determining the stage of some forms of cancer.
Please contact us today for an appointment if you notice your pet behaving oddly or struggling in some way. Our diagnostic approach will make you happy you did.