What is a Diagnostic Ultrasound
Ultrasound is a non-invasive technique to further evaluate and describe the internal architecture of the soft tissues of the body. The Blood vessels, heart, liver, kidney and may other organs can be evaluated using ultrasound. Ultrasound examinations are completed using high frequency sound waves that then bounce off tissues, returning to create images that describe the consistency (echo-texture) and structure of organs. By using ultrasound we are able to avoid radiation exposure and achieve, in many cases, more detailed evaluations that can be achieved with a plain radiograph. The procedure is painless and can usually be performed without any sedation.
At Veterinary Care Specialists, we use ultrasound as a quick, noninvasive, and effective diagnostic tool to evaluate the internal structure and function of the organs of the abdomen and thorax and the soft tissues of the body. With ultrasound, we can get biopsies of abnormal tissues without surgery.
At Veterinary Care Specialists, we have a registered diagnostic medical sonographer and registered vascular technologist with years of experience, who is skilled in a wide variety of ultrasonographic techniques. Our sonograms are highly accurate and are of great benefit in the assessment of our patients.
Whether you are a pet owner or a local veterinarian, the ultrasound department at Veterinary Care Specialists can assist you in many areas, including in:
- pet breeding, for monitoring female ovulation and pregnancy
- cardiac assessment, for evaluating heart function and spotting heart defects
- vascular assessment, including use of Doppler techniques
- abdominal evaluation, for spotting infections, inflammations, kidney stones, and to assist in biopsies
When your pet can benefit from veterinary ultrasound, we have the tools and the knowledge to help.
How is Ultrasound Different at VCS
Ultrasound is a highly effective diagnostic tool that is performed quickly, painlessly, and is a non-invasive exam when performed by a licensed and experienced ultrasonographer. Kristen Hart RDMS, RVT, RTR performed level four ultrasound. Kristin is a boarded diagnostic medical ultrasonographer, registered vascular technologist and radiographic technologist. She has completed national board examinations in various subspecialties to achieve these acronyms.
Krisin's career has included abdominal, ob-gyn, urology, vascular, musculoskeletal neonatal intensive care, neurological, intracranial and cardiac studies specializing in ultrasound guided biopsies such as intra-operative brain, abdominal, prostate, thyroid, soft tissue and chorionic villus sampling.
Kristin attended Henry Ford Ultrasound Hospital Program which entailed six years to sub specialize and two additional years of veterinary dedicated training in California, Texas, Illinois and Michigan where she was trained in dedicated veterinary ultrasound by boarded veterinary radiologists. Kristin has accumulated 20 years of human and 16 years of veterinary ultrasound experience.
In order to offer the best treatment options, you need diagnostics you can rely on. Kristin is experienced in canine, feline and exotic ultrasound. State of the art equipment and working routinely with boarded specialists, Kristin's surgical and clinical correlations are extremely accurate.
As a standard of care in human medicine, ultrasounds are performed by a registered ultrasonographer. Our pets are family members, we bring the same level of care to your pets you would expect for yourself and the rest of your family.
What To Expect During an Ultrasound
We care about your pet as much as you do and want the ultrasound exam to be a positive experience for both of you. Please feel free to ask us questions, we will do our best to provide you with the information you need
Is There Any Preparation Required?
We ask that patients that are having an abdominal ultrasound not be fed that morning to allow better evaluation of the stomach and surrounding structures. Regardless of the type of ultrasound performed, your pet will need to be shaved to allow the ultrasound probe and gel to have adequate contact. This allow us to provide the best mages possible and this results inthe most accurate diagnosis possible for your pet. We will make every effort to keep the shaving to a minimum!
What Happens During an Ultrasound Exam?
Pets often find ultrasound exams very relaxing, sometimes even falling asleep. Our ultrasound examination room is quiet and peaceful, this lights are typically low to allow the technician and doctors to visualize the images. Your pet will have one or two technicians responsible for assisting them on to the padded table and keeping them company throughout the examination process.
How Long Should I plan to be at the Hospital?
The examination takes 20 -30 minutes. Try to schedule an hour to an hour and a half of your time for a ultrasound appointment since a doctor will meet with you before and after the test and a written report will be generated for your records as well. Should your pet require additional testing or care, you visit may be longer.