High frequency sound waves emitted from a hand held probe is placed in contact with the skin to produce an image.
Sound waves penetrate and reverberate from varying tissues to different degrees and this pattern enables the production of a 2 dimensional 'slice' of tissue visible on the monitor.
This image is continual meaning it is possible to move the probe and gain an overall 3 dimensional assessment.Using advanced technology we are also able to watch directional blood flow and measure pressure gradients of fluid movement.
An important advantage is that it allows us to see into the tissues, especially in the abdomen, often allowing biopsies to be taken with minimal distress to your pet.
The Ultrasound probe needs direct skin contact which means a small patch of fur must be shaved over the area of interest.