Ultrasound uses the reflection of sound waves from the tissues of the body to generate images. This lets us look at the internal structure of organs in the abdomen or to get a detailed analysis of heart function.
An advantage of ultrasound is the ability to examine an organ in motion, from measuring blood flow to viewing a beating heart. Of course, it is also a safe and effective tool to evaluate pregnancy in dogs and cats.
Images Through the Endoscope
Another diagnostic imaging tool we use is the endoscope. This technology looks like a small tube or hose, with a light and video camera fitted to the tip. A minimally invasive advancement in diagnostic and surgical technology, endoscopy allows us to look in tight places and display a detailed image on a video screen. It works especially well for procedures in very small areas such as ear exams, deep ear cleanings, and nasal exams.