It does not use x-rays, a form of ionizing radiation, to acquire the images. Thus it is safer for the patient and non-invasive. Ultrasound exams are available on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Ultrasound is frequently used to evaluate the abdomen, including:
- Liver disease
- Splenic masses
- Gastrointestinal tract – e.g. Foreign body obstruction, tumors
- Urinary bladder – e.g. Stones
- Kidney disease
Ultrasound can also be used to evaluate other parts of the body including the chest, tendons, and salivary glands, and to guide biopsies or needle aspirates.
Outpatient ultrasound is available to patients in combination with a referral from their veterinarian at IVG MetroWest, Mass Vet and Port City. Please click here to see what to expect from an outpatient ultrasound appointment.
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