When a physical exam is not enough to diagnose a pet’s condition, we rely on diagnostic technology, including ultrasound. Ultrasound is a non-invasive advanced imaging technique that uses sound waves to provide a moving image of your pet’s internal organs in real time. Crossroads Animal Care Center has invested in Advanced Color Flow Doppler Ultrasound, the latest in veterinary ultrasound technology. Ultrasounds are useful for diagnosing a number of conditions, including:
- Abdominal problems
- Cardiac problems
- Abdominal fluid
- Other conditions/illnesses
- Foreign bodies
We also use this technology to help guide many diagnostic procedures, such as cystocentesis (a procedure that involves placing a needle into the bladder through the abdomen to collect a urine sample) and fine needle aspirates (biopsy procedure). If necessary, ultrasounds can be combined with X-rays for a more comprehensive diagnosis. Dr. Olson performs ultrasounds in-house, with the option to refer out for cardiac procedures.
Preparing Your Pet for the Ultrasound
Dr. Olson performs ultrasounds most days. If you pet is scheduled to have an ultrasound, we ask that you not feed them after midnight (water is allowed). The overnight fast allows for a better scan of your pet and, in the rare case, allows for slight sedation to be used if necessary in order for us to continue the scan. We will call before any sedation is given to your pet. After the procedure is complete, a follow-up discharge appointment will be made to allow the doctor to discuss the findings and formulate a treatment plan for your pet.