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Westridge Animal Hospital

Diagnostic Ultrasound

An ultrasound is a highly useful tool when evaluating heart conditions, internal organs, cysts and tumors, and diagnosing pregnancy.


An ultrasound is a non-invasive, state-of-the-art imaging technology that uses sound waves to painlessly examine specific internal organs.

Why would my pet need an ultrasound?

A veterinary ultrasound is a highly useful tool when evaluating heart conditions. It can detect alterations in abdominal organs and assist in the recognition of any cysts and tumors that may be present. Many times, x-rays will be utilized in combination with an ultrasound as they reveal the size, dimension, and position of the organ. With the ability for real-time monitoring, ultrasounds are also utilized for pregnancy diagnosis and development monitoring.

When would my pet get an ultrasound test?

An ultrasound is a highly useful tool when evaluating your pet's internal organs. An ultrasound is usually recommended when our doctors find abnormalities on bloodwork or x-rays, or to monitor a disease process.

How does ultrasound testing work?

Ultrasound equipment directs a narrow beam of high frequency sound waves into the area of interest. The sound waves either transmit through, reflect, or absorb in the tissues that they encounter. Any ultrasound waves that are reflected will return as echoes and convert into an image that is displayed on the monitor, giving a 2-dimensional image of the tissues under examination. With the ability to obtain real time information, outcomes can often be determined immediately.

The exam is completely painless. Light sedation may used to help the patient lie comfortably while the scan is being performed. Your pet may need to be shaved in the area of interest, as veterinary ultrasound images are of better quality if they have complete contact with the skin.

Why is Westridge Animal Hospital is Above the Rest?

Our diagnostic capabilities are thorough and complete with on-site laboratory equipment, digital radiography, ultrasound and digital dental radiography, along with access to both Idexx and Veterinary Information Network consultants.  We have a fully equipped surgical suite with all state of the art anesthetic and monitoring systems as well as full hospitalization capabilities. 

When you bring your pet to us you know they are getting great service with the best equipment around. We catch problems before they arise and we are always ready to do whatever is needed for our clients.