Diagnostic ultrasound imaging is a modern technique for visualizing tissue and has proven beneficial in small animal veterinary medicine. It is a dynamic exam that is based on the physician's skills and experience to detect differences between healthy and diseased tissue, as well as the ability to distinguish the normal differences that exist among animals. Latest technology devices are also used, which operate based on the principle of piezoelectricity. These devices provide high-resolution images and offer many features, such as freeze frame images, measurement capabilities, magnification and the possibility of having the images printed on paper or film.
We have been performing ultrasounds since 1993. At Plakentia Veterinary Clinic, the ultrasound scans are performed using state-of-the-art high-resolution systems (Esaote MyLab 70 for general ultrasound and Accutome plus for ophthalmic ultrasounds). After 23 years, we possess the necessary experience to investigate even the most demanding conditions, but also perform specialized techniques, such as collection of deep tissue samples under direct ultrasound guidance.
Although ultrasound scans are basically a dynamic exam, the images can be printed and attached to the medical opinion given to the animal owner or emailed to the referring veterinarian.
A comprehensive list of findings that may arise during an ultrasound scan is provided below. However note that, even though an ultrasound scan is enough to diagnose most of these conditions, others may also need further medical tests before a final diagnosis is made. This method also assists in other interventional medical procedures (e.g. ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration of the liver, prostate, kidney, etc.).