Ultrasound equipment prevalent in veterinary practice, ultrasound for small animalsUltrasound equipment prevalent in veterinary practice
Veterinarians use many modes of imaging, from radiographs (X-rays) to computed tomography (CT) scans and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Each type employs different methods to create images, and each is best suited to distinct bodily components.
While CT and MRI units are rarely seen outside of large specialty practices, ultrasound technology is becoming more and more common, with many clinics using ultrasound machines on a daily basis for diagnosis and other procedures.
Ultrasound, the same technology used to generate sonograms during human pregnancy, uses sound waves transmitted into the body to create an image. It is a very non-invasive modality that has no side effects, although occasionally mild sedation is needed to help an anxious patient remain still so a clear image can be captured
Whereas radiographs provide an overall snapshot of an abdomen or a thorax, ultrasound does not offer a view of the entirety of region in the body. Ultrasound does, however, allow clinicians to look at the architecture of an organ, which is very useful clinically. Another advantage of ultrasound is that it is faster and more affordable than some other advanced imaging modalities.
Ultrasound can provide a lot of information for its cost and is often more readily available compared with other advanced imaging modalities such as a CT or MRI, Using ultrasound and other imaging equipments together form a great diagnostic tool. Veterinary ultrasounds is categorized into ultrasound for equine and bovine, ultrasound for farm animals like swine, ovine, goat and ultrasound for small animals like canine, etc.
For example, when a pet has a tumor or ingests something it shouldn’t have, an ultrasound can be helpful to locate these objects and characterize them.Fluid can be distinguished from soft tissue masses or foreign bodies, which is sometimes difficult to differentiate on X-rays. Thus, ultrasound is a useful tool to diagnose patients for hemoabdomen and pericardial effusion, which are blood in the abdomen and around the heart respectively. Being able to diagnose these conditions can be lifesaving in an emergency situation. Once we understand that there is blood in the abdomen or around the heart, we can attempt to remove this fluid and potentially save the patient.
Ultrasound is one way we can evaluate the function of the heart and diagnose specific heart diseases. With an echocardiogram (cardiovascular ultrasound)—an ultrasound of the heart—we can evaluate how the blood is flowing as well as whether the heart valves are functioning properly during a heartbeat.
Ultrasound technology is necessary for treating patients appropriately on a daily basis. Ultrasound especially useful to rule out potential diagnoses such as bladder stones in a urinary tract infection. It can also be used for fine-needle aspirates, which are small biopsies of organs or masses, or to obtain urine from the bladder. Ultrasound improves the quality of veterinary diagnosis and care. As more clinicians begin to feel this way, ultrasound equipment may become as prevalent as radiograph machines in veterinary practices.
Digital black/white ultrasound machine (BW520V, BW540V, BW560V, BW570V, etc) with a micro-convex array probe or high-frequency linear is recommended for imaging small animals. More economic veterinary ultrasounds ( BW560V-pro, BW570V-pro and BW580V-pro, coming with 2.5/3.5Mhz mechanical sector probe) are ideal for those who have a small-budget and who will mostly use for imaging farm animals and pets only.
Full digital veterinary color doppler ultrasound systems (ES200V, ES210V, ES240V and ES260V) are perfect choice for veterinary service centers
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