Ultrasound facilities are available at our Cliff Lane,
Hadleigh and Brantham branches.
How does Ultrasound work?
Veterinary Ultrasound machines are the same as ones used in
human medicine to scan babies in the womb. Ultrasound is a form of
sound wave which can pass through skin and tissue into the body.
The sound waves are directed through the area the vet wants to look
at and some of them are reflected back like an echo. These echoes
are detected by a special computer which uses them to produce an
image on the screen for the vet to interpret.
What does an Ultrasound examination
To ensure good contact between the Ultrasound probe head and the
skin of your pet, the hair will be shaved off and ultrasound gel
applied. It is not necessary to anaesthetise an animal for
ultrasound examinations but they may need to be sedated if they
resent being held still.
When will I know the results?
Results of the tests will be available the same day. However, in
some more complicated cases, referral of the ultrasound printout to
a specialist for a second opinion may be sought before giving the
owner a final diagnosis.
The Ultrasound machine is also a valuable tool in our large
animal work - for pregnancy diagnosis and fertility examinations of
cattle and horses and for scanning tendons of horses.