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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 eyes for certain eye diseases.
Will My Cat Have to Have an Anesthetic?
Anesthesia is not usually needed for most ultrasound examinations unless biopsies are to be taken. The technique is totally painless and many cats will lie comfortably while the scan is being performed. Occasionally, if the cat is very frightened or fractious, a sedative may be necessary.
Is It Necessary to Shave My Pet’s Fur?
In most cases, the fur must be shaved to perform an ultrasound examination. Since ultrasound waves are not transmitted through air, it is imperative that the hand-held probe makes complete contact with the skin. In some cases, such as pregnancy diagnosis, it may be possible to get adequate images by moistening the hair with rubbing alcohol and applying a copious amount of water-soluble ultrasound gel. But don’t worry, this is something we will take care of for you.
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 almost 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.