Why Choose WTVS for Ultrasound:
Animal ultrasounds are becoming more readily available in the veterinary field. It can, therefore, be challenging to decide who should perform your pet’s ultrasound. At WTVS, our veterinarians use their expertise as board-certified specialists to not only perform a thorough ultrasound but also interpret the findings and provide insight on the case from a specialist’s perspective. In other words, their experience and expertise in ultrasound combined with years of advanced specialty training and certification allows them the advantage of seeing the whole clinical picture from a unique and holistic perspective. Our specialists can also use ultrasound to perform guided tissue samples using a needle, which provides fluid and tissue for further analysis.
In contrast, many other facilities perform an ultrasound but are unable to interpret the images themselves. Consequently, these images are sent to a third party (radiologist or internist) for interpretation. In these cases, the specialist never sees or lays hands on your pet and is limited to the images they are given.
About Veterinary Ultrasound:
Ultrasound has become a widely used tool in veterinary medicine to evaluate the liver, biliary tract, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, GI tract, pancreas, abdominal lymph nodes, urinary tract,
peritoneal space, and reproductive organs. Abnormal fluid accumulations, masses/nodules, organomegaly, and other abnormalities are generally identified in much greater detail with ultrasound than can be appreciated with routine radiology. In addition, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (FNA) allows precision sampling at a much lower risk than blind aspiration. Sedation is only rarely needed to perform abdominal ultrasound and/or ultrasound-guided FNA.
What makes an Ultrasound with WTVS Unique?
● Each Ultrasound is performed and interpreted by a WTVS internal medicine specialist, hands-on with immediate results.
● As the ultrasound evaluation is performed by the Internist, your concerns and your pet’s condition are observed first-hand.
● Our ultrasound machines provide enhanced image quality, allowing detection of small and subtle lesions.
● We offer urgent consultations with same-day ultrasound evaluation for critical patients.
● We work directly with your primary veterinarian to act as a team in your pet’s care.
Ancillary testing that may be recommended with abdominal ultrasound:
1. Fine needle aspiration with cytology – This procedure involves inserting a needle into the area of interest and collecting a small sample that can be placed on a slide for microscopic evaluation by a board-certified pathologist. The procedure is safe and does not usually require sedation or anesthesia.
2. Cystocentesis of the urinary bladder for urine culture – This procedure involves inserting a needle into the urinary bladder to collect a sample of urine. This sample can be evaluated microscopically (urinalysis) or be cultured to evaluate for infection (culture).
3. Abdominocentesis. This procedure is very simple and involves removing fluid that has accumulated in the abdominal cavity. In some instances, only a small volume of fluid is removed for diagnostic purposes. In other cases, larger volumes are removed to make your pet more comfortable. Samples are usually submitted for pathology review and culture.