The Benefits of Digital Ultrasound at TLC Animal Hospital
Many people are familiar with digital ultrasound, or sonography, from ultrasounds performed on themselves or others as part of prenatal exams. However, did you know veterinarians can use digital ultrasounds to diagnose several health issues in your pet? Digital ultrasound has a range of diagnostic and clinical uses beyond examining human babies and is now a commonly used tool in the medical world for humans and animals. TLC Animal Hospital in El Paso, TX, is here to tell you about digital ultrasounds and their benefits for veterinary use.
What Are Digital Ultrasounds?
Ultrasound exams use a transducer or probe placed on the pet’s skin that sends ultrasonic waves into the body. The waves enter the body and strike various internal body parts. As the waves bounce back, the machine transforms them into an image that showcases the body's inside. We interpret these images in veterinary care to diagnose issues with body parts and guide tool placement during specific procedures.
Digital ultrasound provides many benefits in veterinary care. First and foremost, ultrasound provides meaningful images of your pet’s internal workings, allowing for rapid and advanced diagnoses of many ailments. Accurately diagnosing your pet’s condition is critical to delivering the best care possible when looking for abdominal bleeding, tumors, bladder stones, organ enlargement, and several other problems.
In addition to accurate diagnoses, ultrasound is minimally invasive. The procedure is painless, without risk, and pets do not require sedation to benefit from its use. Pets can be examined in place or while resting comfortably on an examination table, particularly with portable ultrasound equipment. All it takes to obtain valuable images of your pet’s internal body is placing the transducer against its skin.
Speed and Ease
Using a digital ultrasound machine requires minimal machine set-up, making it easy to change settings between patients. The machine's portability means you can often stay with your pet during the examination, allowing you and the veterinarian to discuss your pet's condition during the exam. Digital ultrasounds are excellent for rapidly and accurately diagnosing and treating your pet.
Coordinating With Specialists
The digital nature of the images allows them to be exchanged with specialists when needed. The exchange often saves you and your pet another trip to a veterinary hospital, which can be especially helpful when your pet is in pain. Digital ultrasound also helps you receive additional information on your pet's condition faster than other processes.
Experience the Benefits of Digital Ultrasound at TLC Animal Hospital
If you live in or near El Paso, TX, and need digital ultrasound or other veterinary services for your pet, contact TLC Animal Hospital. We can use digital ultrasounds to quickly and accurately diagnose your pet and get it the prompt treatment needed to keep it healthy and happy in the future. Call us and schedule an appointment today at (915) 592-6200.