Ultrasound Services with Your Eagle and Vail Veterinarian
Ultrasound is a noninvasive test that is performed most commonly on the chest and abdominal cavities. With ultrasound, we use sound waves to image solid organs, such as the heart, liver, spleen, kidneys, and bladder. As your veterinarian serving Eagle, Vail and the surrounding Colorado communities, Dr. Sheila Fitzpatrick, Dr. Madeline Wheeler, Dr. Tom Fatora , as well as ultrasound specialist, Dr. Kim Radway are proud to offer a variety of ultrasound services to Vail Valley Pets.
Ultrasound of the abdomen allows for visualization of all of the abdominal organs including liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, bladder, and prostate (in male dogs). It allows for a noninvasive diagnosis of many abdominal conditions, including tumors, obstructions, pregnancy, and congenital disease. Ultrasound allows for guided sampling procedures that our Eagle veterinarian uses to gain a better understanding of the underlying pathology.
Another ultrasound service offered by your Eagle veterinarian, cardiac ultrasound, allows for the evaluation of heart size and function. The thickness of the heart walls, the size of the heart chambers, the appearance of the heart valves, and the strength of the heart contraction can all be determined. Color Flow Doppler imaging allows for visualization of the blood as it travels through the heart. We have the capability to perform spectral doppler and continuous wave doppler, which are important in characterizing types and severity of heart disease. It can be used to identify many congenital heart defects as well as evaluating heart valve function. Cardiac ultrasound is also used to screen clinically normal pets that are at risk for heart disease. It is a very useful tool for not only determining if disease is present but also in evaluating its severity and the effectiveness of various treatments.
An ECG (electrocardiogram) is performed with every echocardiogram at no additional charge. This gives additional information to screen for any arrhythmia’s. This service is also available without an echocardiogram at a small fee.