We have state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment at Boston Road Animal Clinic. This service is available on site in our hospital and can be scheduled on an as-needed basis. Ultrasounds are primarily performed by the PAUS Group, which sends images to board-certified internal medicine specialists or cardiologists for interpretation and recommendations.
The heart is a very complex organ. It has four valves, an electrical conduction system, and four chambers, all of which are critical in the heart’s everyday function. Like us, our pets suffer from congenital and acquired heart diseases. In order to properly diagnose and treat heart disease, the doctor needs to see the heart in motion and measure its structures from the inside. Because of this “real life” view the doctor can treat and monitor a patient more accurately. Pets have the best outcomes for heart disease when we start medications at the appropriate time in their disease progression. Over the course of treatment, with an ultrasound, the doctor can visually see the response to the medications prescribed and make adjustments to medications as needed.
Abdominal ultrasounds allow the doctor to fully examine the liver, gallbladder, spleen, adrenal glands, pancreas, kidneys, bladder, stomach, and intestines. An ultrasound exam is optimal when the diagnosis depends on seeing inside the organ. Ultrasounds are completely painless and often can be done without sedation.