Indications

page-indicationsThe 3 most common indications for veterinary ultrasound:

Heart murmur
The presence of any kind of arrhythmia can be an indication of cardiomyopathy, congenital defects and more. Ultrasound can quickly qualify, and often quantify the severity of the condition.

Chronic Vomiting 
Frequent vomiting can be an indication of several pathologies including pancreatitis, IBS, and many more. An ultrasound study can provide information that normal radiography often cannot.

Urinary Dysfunction 
Ultrasound’s ability to visualize structures surrounded by fluid makes imaging of the kidneys and bladder easy and routine. Many common problems can be discovered long before symptoms become more serious.

The need for non-invasive diagnostics has never been greater

With patient owners demanding more and more sophisticated care for their pets, ultrasound offers the ability to raise the level of medicine you offer.

Many of the cases you see every day could benefit from an ultrasound study:

Radiographic

  • Cardiomegaly
  • Pulmonary Mass
  • Mediastinal Mass
  • Effusions
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Ascites
  • Organomegaly
  • Mass Densities
  • Calculi

Cardiac

  • Ventricular Systolic Function
  • Ventricular Diastolic Function
  • Ejection Fraction
  • Cardiac Chamber Size
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Pericardial Diseases
  • Cardiac Masses
  • Septal Defects
  • Congenital Cardiac Shunts

Pregnancy

  • Reproductive Failure
  • Reproductive Confirmation
  • Number of sacs

Biochemical

  • Elevated ALT/AST
  • Elevated Alkaline Phosphate
  • Elevated Bile Acids
  • Hyperbilirubinemia
  • Persistent Azotemia
  • Persistent/Intermittent Fever
  • Elevated Amylase/Lipase
Clinical

  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Muffled Cardiac
  • Auscultation
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Syncopal Episodes
  • Exercise Intolerance
  • Electrical Alternans
  • Ascites
  • Jaundice
  • Organomegaly
  • Cushing Disease
  • Hematuria
  • Stranguria
  • Recurrent UTI
  • Trauma Hemorrhage
  • Chronic Vomiting
  • Chronic Weight Loss
  • Persistent Anorexia
  • Progressive Abdominal Distention
  • Palpable Masses
  • Painful Abdominal Palpation
  • Lymphadenopathy

Qualitative/Quantitative

  • Testicular Enlargement
  • Metastasis Evaluation (Except Lungs)
  • Diffuse vs Focal Disease
  • Unilateral vs Bilateral
  • Pre-surgical Orientation
  • Pre-Anesthetic Evaluation
  • Avoid Unnecessary Surgery
  • Increase Biopsy Specificity
  • Define Disease Severity
  • Baseline for Early Heart Disease