At Fremont Veterinary Clinic we offer ultrasound of the heart (echocardiography) and of the abdomen.
Abdominal ultrasound allows us to visualize the tissue density of many organs with detail that is not possible with x-rays. With abdominal ultrasound we can see the bladder, kidneys, gall bladder, lymph nodes, blood vessels, abnormal fluids, pancreas, tumors, adrenal glands, uterus, and stomach, intestines. As early as 21 days into pregnancy we can see beating fetal hearts. Organs or masses can be measured and compared with normal structures. Furthermore, a small needle can be guided by ultrasound to take a sample of a particular tissue or fluid. Patients must have their fur clipped to allow for the best images. In emergency cases or to answer a specific question about an organ such as the gallbladder or bladder, ultrasound offers real time assessment of the patient’s problem. For complete evaluation our ultrasounds are transmitted to a board certified veterinary radiologist at VDIC (www.vdic.com) for review and interpretation.
Echocardiography allows us to see the heart in real-time while it is working. From these images we can see how well the heart is pumping, whether the heart muscle is too thin or thick or whether the heart chambers are enlarged. Blood clots, leaky valves, abnormal fluid around the heart and heart defects can also be seen. For a complete cardiac workup, we transmit the echocardiogram, blood pressure, EKG, and chest radiographs for interpretation and treatment recommendations by a veterinary cardiologist.
Ultrasound has additional uses including evaluation of structures around the eyeball. Tumors and certain forms of inflammation can be identified in many cases.
Ultrasound has been an invaluable diagnostic tool for us at Fremont and enables our patients to get advanced care without travel to a specialty center. Our doctors have been trained in ultrasound for rapid evaluation. We are proud to have one of the first certified ultrasound technicians in the U.S. who performs many of our ultrasounds for telemedicine review by one of the veterinary radiologists at VDIC.