Services

Abdominal Ultrasound

Preparing for Abdominal Imaging: 
NPO
  • Preferably for 8-12 hours. This is to make sure all liver parenchyma can be imaged, as well as an empty gastrointestinal tract.
Full Bladder
  • Should not void for 3-5 hours prior to ultrasound, especially if imaging for urinary pathology.
Consent for Sedation and/or Fine Needle Aspirates
  • In order to be as time efficient as possible, please get the clients consent for sedation and/or fine needle aspirates PRIOR to your appointment.
Shaving 
  • If there is time, shaving prior to your appointment is appreciated. 

Echocardiogram

Preparing for Echocardiogram Imaging: 
NPO
  • Preferably for 8-12 hours. This is to make sure that proper imaging of the hepatic vasculature can be performed.
Consent for Sedation
  • Medications such as butorphanol are considered a cardiac friendly sedative, and is frequently used in cardiac compromised patients during an echocardiogram, to ensure adequate imaging.
Shaving
  • If there is time, shaving prior to your appointment is appreciated. However, you are more than welcome to wait for us to arrive to shave if unsure of shave margins.
 

Fine Needle Aspiration Policy

  • Ultrasound-guided FNA can be performed at the time of sonogram if safe for the patient, or as a follow up procedure once the ultrasound has been interpreted, for higher clinical relevance and more guided approach
  • All decisions to perform sampling procedures are ultimately at the discretion of the attending veterinarian and sonographer.