Ultrasonography (also called ultrasound or sonography) is a noninvasive procedure that uses sound waves to examine the inside of the body. It can be used to evaluate the:
- Gallbladder and bladder
We may use this ultrasonography alongside radiography (x-rays) and other diagnostic methods to ensure a proper diagnosis.
The transducer emits ultrasonic sound waves, which are directed into the body toward the structures to be examined. The waves create echoes of varying degrees depending on the density of the tissue and amount of fluid present. Those waves create detailed images of the structures, which are shown on a monitor and recorded for evaluation.
Ultrasound does not involve radiation, and doesn’t typically require pets to be sedated. The hair in the area usually needs to be shaved so we can obtain a clear result.