Ultrasounds (or sonograms) use sound waves to produce an image of internal organs. The same equipment used in people (for say, a pregnancy exam) is used for evaluating companion animals with various diseases, most commonly diseases in the abdomen and heart. Our Cardiology Service performs echocardiograms (ultrasound of the heart). The Diagnostic Imaging Service uses ultrasound for all other areas of the body. AMC’s Diagnostic Imaging Service recently purchased a new machine (Hitachi Prerius) equipped with state-of-the-art technology for optimizing image quality and improving diagnostic capabilities. The addition of this unit to our existing machines allows the radiologists to complete two exams at the same time, shortening the wait time for ultrasound exams.
The clinical questions demanded of veterinary abdominal ultrasound are fairly broad and can at times be intense. Advanced imaging (like CT or MRI) may be cost prohibitive or impractical for some veterinary applications. Ultrasounds by skilled operators identify an assortment of diseases, including small tumors, vascular invasion and vascular anomalies. All imaging exams at The AMC are performed by either a board certified radiologist or a radiologist-in-training under supervision by the radiologist.