Indications for Ultrasound
|Abdominal Masses||Renal Diseases & Renomegaly||Prostatomegaly|
|Adrenal Diseases||Pleural Effusions||Splenomegaly|
|Core & Fine-Needle Biopsies||Mass Effect on Radiographs||Pregnancy|
|Liver Metastasis Check||Uterine infection||Heart Murmurs|
|Persistent Estrus||Recurrent UTI’s||Hematuria/Stranguria|
|Electrical Alternans||Retrobulbar Masses||Infertility|
|Elevated Liver Enzymes||Testicular Enlargement||Jaundice|
|Cardiomegaly||Ocular Disorders||Intramural Intestinal Diseases|
|All Heart Murmurs||Congenital Heart Defects & Screening||Coughing|
|Vomiting & Diarrhea||Unexplained Weight Loss||Polyuria/Polydypsia/Polyphagia|
|Behavior Changes||Anemia & Thrombocytopenia||Arrhythmias|
|ADR of Unknown Origin||Hematochezia||Anorexia|
|Cardiomegaly||Pericardial Effusion||Abdominal Pain|
Echocardiography can be used to determine the source and extent of cardiac pathology and can assist in development of the optimal therapeutic protocol.
- Valve structure & motion
- Chamber sizes
- Wall thicknesses
- Myocardial contractility & heart rate
- Intra-cardiac pressures and indirect systemic and pulmonary blood pressures
- Outflow tract velocities
- Congenital defects can be accurately assessed to determine treatment options and prognosis.
- Therapeutic options are better developed as a result of knowing the extent of the pathology present.
- Response to therapy can then be measured using the animal as his own control.
- Many cases can benefit most from referral to a cardiologist for therapeutic management or surgical intervention and the exam provided by MiVU can determine when to refer the client.
The advanced diagnostic technique of ultrasound has become a standard of care in veterinary medicine allowing the practitioner the opportunity to opt for less invasive testing.
- Abdominal exam - liver, gallbladder & biliary system, stomach, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, adrenals, bladder, prostate, uterus, ovaries, bowel, vasculature, lymph nodes, mesentery & serosal surfaces.
- Thoracic exam - if a mass effect exists on thoracic radiography, and the lesion may often be found with ultrasound and if it can be seen, in most cases it can be biopsied to yield a diagnosis.
- Pregnancy - confirm pregnancy, estimate litter size, confirm fetal viability.
- Parathyroids & Thyroid Glands - indicated if there is hypercalcemia and elevated serum PTH.
- Cryptorchid Exam - localize the cryptorchid testicle prior to surgery.
- Ocular Exam - used to rule-out primary neoplasia of the eye or retrobulbar space, retrobulbar abscess, and retinal detatchment.
- General Health Screen - this discounted exam intended for the clinically healthy patient to rule-out occult disease (abdominal neoplasia, cardiomyopathy in breeds at high risk, etc.) Not intended for patients with abnormalities on blood work or clinical signs.