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Abdominal Ultrasound

Focusing on the intra-abdominal organs the study will include; liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, adrenals, duodenum, colon, lymph nodes and main vessels.

Preparation:   The animal must fast for 10-12 hours prior to the exam.  To visualize the urinary bladder we ask to have the animal empty 3 hours prior and then encourage them to drink water.

Kidneys and Bladder

Focusing on the urinary tract this exam is limited to the kidneys, adrenals and bladder.  In the unspayed female we will look for ovaries and uterus and prostate in the males.

Preparation:  It is essential to have the bladder full, have the animal void 3 hours prior to the exam and encourage drinking water.  For an optimal study have the animal fast for 6-10 hours prior to exam.

Limited Study/Small Part

This study is used as a follow up of a previously seen abnormality on ultrasound.  Small part can include the thyroid, a superficial mass or lump and other areas of focal concern.

Preparation:  Dependent on the focal area of interest.