What is an ultrasound scan?
Why does my pet need an abdominal ultrasound?
Why does my pet need an echocardiogram?
What does the procedure involve?
For echocardiography, patients need to be clipped, on both sides of their chest (and dogs, a small patch under their breastbone). They are gently held on their side by a nurse, on a cushioned table with specially-designed holes to allow access to the chest wall, for the vet to scan. Once all necessary views and measurements from one side are taken, we move the patient to lay on their opposite side. The scan can take anything from 20-30 minutes (depending on the view required and patient cooperation).
Does my pet need to be sedated for the procedure?
Why are other tests necessary as well?
It is also often necessary to perform other tests alongside echocardiography, in order to make a wider assessment of the cardiovascular and/or respiratory systems. These may include blood pressure measurement, ECG recording, and x-rays of the chest. The requirement for these tests will be discussed with you by the vet either prior to the appointment, or after the scan (depending on the findings). Blood tests may also be necessary to either determine the patient’s overall health – in particular, kidney function if it is necessary to start diuretics or if blood pressure is high – and/or to measure cardiac ‘biomarkers’ which can also indicate stress or stretch on the heart.
When will I get the results of the scan?
Why might my pet need another ultrasound?
"...an official recognition of a veterinary surgeon’s knowledge and experience in a designated field of veterinary science. Membership is an indication to the profession and the general public of an advanced practitioner, representing a middle-tier of knowledge, competence and experience in a specific area of veterinary practice. Membership is not a specialist qualification. Membership requires examination with members signified by post-nominals MANZCVS."
Specialists, on the other hand, undergo the highest level of training with focused program for 3-4 years at university teaching hopsitals or private specialist practices. They are able to run and interpret not only ultrasound, but CT and MRI scans, fluoroscopy and other diagnostic imaging modalities. Upon passing thier examinations, they become Diplomats of the European or American Colleges of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging (DipECVDI / DipACVDI), and/or Fellows of the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists (FANZCVS).
Therefore, while we at ImagingFirst will be able to recognise and diagnose a wide variety of conditions encountered in first-opinion practice, some cases will be deemed to require specialist assessment. At ImagingFirst we try to maintain great working relationships with these specialists in order to provide the highest level of care to your pet.