Diagnostic Ultrasounds in Gordonsville, VA
An ultrasound examination, also known as ultrasonography, is a non-invasive imaging technique that allows internal body structures to be seen by recording echoes or reflections of ultrasonic waves. Unlike X-rays, ultrasounds involve no radiation. To schedule your horse’s ultrasound, call us at (540) 832-3030.
Are There Different Forms of Ultrasound?
Depending on the images produced, ultrasound can take various forms. In veterinary work, B-mode (brightness-mode) ultrasound, more commonly called 2-dimensional ultrasound, is the most common form. This gives a two-dimensional picture of the organ scanned. This is the type of ultrasound that is used to examine abdominal structures, perform pregnancy diagnosis, evaluate cardiac function and examine the tendons 7 ligaments.
How We Support You:
- Quick & Comfortable Examination
- Knowledgeable Staff
- Immediate Results
Will My Horse Need an Anesthetic?
Depending on the area being examined, ultrasounds can be performed without anesthesia. Multiple probes can be used according to the horse and the area being scanned. If required, a mild sedative might be used to make the process as fast and safe as possible.
Is It Necessary to Shave My Horse’s Hair?
Since ultrasound waves are not transmitted through air, the hand-held probe needs to make complete contact with the skin. In order to obtain good ultrasonographic images, it is possible that we may need to shave some of your horse's hair.
When Will I Know the Results of the Examination?
Since an ultrasound study is performed in real-time, the results of what is seen are known immediately. In some cases, the ultrasound images may be sent to a veterinary radiologist for further consultation. When this occurs, the final report may not be available for a few days.