An ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time image of an animal’s body. This composite reveals important information about internal processes including the circulatory, cardiac, hepatic and gastrointestinal systems, helping identify disease, blockages and internal injury.
An ultrasound works by broadcasting high-frequency sound waves that reflect off your pet’s internal structures. A small probe held against the skin collects the returning signals to create an image of the internal body, most commonly used to examine abdominal organs like the stomach, kidneys, liver, spleen and gallbladder. An echocardiogram, or ultrasound of the heart, provides precise information about heart valves, blood flow, chamber size and contractions. This tool is essential when assessing overall heart health and treating cardiovascular disease. Because an ultrasound doesn’t require radiation, it is also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostics tools like radiographs (x-rays), ultrasonography can detect a broad range of abnormalities including cardiovascular disease, skeletal fractures, some forms of cancer, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and organ disease. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds rank among the most precise diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.
Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
To learn more about ultrasonography and other diagnostic tools, please contact your Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates veterinarian today.
Veterinary diagnostic imaging creates composites of the internal body used to discover disease or injury. Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.
Radiographs, or x-rays, use electromagnetic radiation directed towards the body to highlight objects within. These popular tests can detect a number of abnormalities including skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, foreign bodies and dental disease. Radiography remains one of the most popular and accurate non-invasive diagnostic tools in the veterinary industry.
Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates Radiology Services
- Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI)
Some specialized procedures may require anesthesia. Orthopedic radiographs and contrast studies require the patient remain completely still to work correctly, necessitating sedation in most cases. The duration of sedation is usually short and patient recovery is swift.
Radiology imaging services are available via referral from your Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates veterinarian.
Magnetic Resonance Images (MRI)
Magnetic resonance images (MRIs) are some of the most accurate and powerful diagnostic tools available in veterinary medicine. MRI machines create highly detailed images of inside the body, and these images are used to diagnose disease and abnormalities. MRIs can be up to eight times clearer than traditional radiographs (X-rays), and they do not use radiation. Instead, they use a strong magnet and track the body’s responses to the magnet.
With MRIs, we can look into issues affecting the brain and issues affecting the skeletal system, including ligaments, tendons, joints and bones.
Pets must remain completely still during MRIs in order for our veterinarians to get full, accurate pictures, so anesthesia is required. Pets are fully monitored throughout by our veterinary staff, and MRI scans are very low-risk procedures.
At Blue Ridge Veterinary Associates, we often use MRIs to seek more information when a pet is experiencing one or more of the following conditions:
- Brain and spine trauma
- Foreign body ingestion
- Abnormal discharge, swelling or bleeding, particularly of the nose