An ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging tool that allows the doctor to see internal organs. The ultrasound sends sound waves into the area of interest where they may be transmitted through, reflected or absorbed by the tissues they encounter. The ultrasound waves that are reflected will return as echoes to the device and are converted into an image giving a 2-dimensional picture of the tissues being examined.
The ultrasound allows our experienced veterinarians at East Lincoln Animal Hospital to visualize the structure and architecture of abdominal organs so they can find any abnormalities that cannot be seen or felt during an examination. An abdominal ultrasound is most often used to diagnose bladder and kidney stones, abdominal masses, to aid in the assessment of organ function, and to evaluate pregnancies.