Ultrasound & Endoscopy
Seeing under the skin–that’s what’s possible with ultrasound technology. Ultrasound is a powerful diagnostic tool that creates a real-time internal image of an animal’s body, giving us important information about the circulatory, skeletal and gastrointestinal systems.
When used in conjunction with other diagnostic tools like X-rays, ultrasounds can help identify disease, blockages, skeletal fractures, soft tissue damage, and other internal injuries. Because ultrasounds don’t require radiation, they’re also used to monitor pregnancies and fetal health in breeding pets.
How Ultrasounds Work
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. Completely painless and non-invasive, ultrasounds usually require some sedation because the patient must remain completely still.
There are many conditions that need specialized equipment such as ultrasound or endoscopy for a true diagnosis to be reached. Here at Stanley Veterinary Clinic, we are able to offer such services. We have a state-of-the-art Oncura ultrasound system. The easy-to-use touch screen of this system allows us to perform complete, quick, high-quality ultrasounds. With the digital link of this machine, we can then send all the images and videos needed to a board-certified radiologist or internal medicine specialist to make sure we have the absolute experts in the field reading the ultrasounds and providing full reports along with any further diagnostic or treatment recommendations. We also commonly use ultrasound to check for bladder stones, fluid in the chest or abdomen, look for fetal heartbeats and check for many other conditions that may only require a very brief scan.
Along the same lines, we also offer endoscopy as one of the many diagnostic tools at our disposal. This long, flexible camera is able to be guided thru the esophagus, into the stomach, and then into the intestine to visually examine each of these areas. It also can be used to obtain biopsies while there or remove small foreign objects from the GI tract.
Stanley Veterinary Clinic employs advanced imaging technologies operated by board-certified veterinary radiologists, guaranteeing the highest quality of care for our patients.