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An ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure used to evaluate internal organs.  Ultrasound allows the veterinarian to look inside an organ.  Sound waves are transmitted from the probe and are either absorbed or echo back from internal organs.  Based on how many sound waves are absorbed or reflected, an image of the internal organ is displayed on a computer screen.
  • Abdominal ultrasound is important for more detailed evaluation of the internal architecture of organs like the kidneys, liver, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen, and urinary bladder.
  • Cardiac ultrasound is essential for evaluation of the function of the heart.  A skilled ultrasonographer can measure the wall thickness of the chambers of the heart as it beats and determine the contractility and effectiveness of the heart muscle.

Performing ultrasound examinations takes special training and a dedication to the art and science of interpreting the often complicated images that are generated. Dr Shaw has studied the application of this invaluable tool for over 18 years. He has recieved individual instruction and been given the opportunity increase proficiency at Texas A & M University, the University of California (Davis) , Washington State University and at the Western Veterinary Conference. He routinely performs ultrasound exams on our own patients and those referred to us by several other practices on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

If you think your pet needs an ultrasound examination, give us a call, we are here to help!



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