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Digital Ultrasound

Learn How Digital Ultrasound May Help Your Pet at Our Winston-Salem Veterinary Clinic

At Forsyth Veterinary Hospital, our Winston-Salem vet staff brings best practice clinical services to our community so pet owners can help their beloved cats, dogs, and other animals maintain healthy, active, and pain-free lives. Digital ultrasound is a service we rely on frequently to safely guide the diagnostic and therapeutic process for a variety of conditions. 

cat getting an ultrasound

What is Digital Ultrasound?

Digital ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of structures inside your pet's body. Images are digitally transposed on a computer screen, based on the way sound waves interact with (or are absorbed/reflected by) different types of tissues. There are several benefits to this technology in veterinary medicine.

For one thing, digital ultrasound allows us to examine the inside of your pet's body completely non-invasively. Our vet staff can see things like your pet's stomach, intestines, and liver without needing to make any sort of incision. 

Ultrasound also allows our Winston-Salem vet staff to look at organs and tissues in your pet's body in real-time, rather than taking a still photograph the way digital X-rays do. This means we can evaluate the function of an area (including blood flow and movement) instead of just its appearance.

Lastly, while our digital X-ray technology exposes your pet to minimal amounts of radiation, digital ultrasound offers zero exposure and is virtually painless, making it completely safe for pets. 

Conditions Diagnosed And Monitored With Digital Ultrasound

We use digital ultrasound to diagnose and monitor things like:

  • Pregnancy
  • Foreign body ingestion or obstruction
  • Tumors/cancer
  • Conditions affecting organs such as the kidneys, liver, stomach, intestines, gall bladder, urinary bladder, pancreas, spleen, adrenal glands, lymphatic vessels, and heart (e.g., pancreatitis, bladder stones, lymphoma, etc.) 

What to Expect During a Veterinary Digital Ultrasound Appointment 

If our team decides that digital ultrasound may help us improve our care of your animal, we'll review your options and educate you about procedures and results. Then your pet will be assisted into a comfortable position as we move a special wand-like device over the area of the pet's body we want to examine. For better imaging and clearer results, we may need to shave your pet's coat over the area we're studying. 

It usually only takes 10-20 minutes to perform a diagnostic ultrasound. Your pet won't require anesthesia, although some animals may benefit from mild sedation to keep them still and relaxed. 

Concerns About Your Pet's Health? Seek Digital Ultrasound And More Diagnostic Services At Forsyth Veterinary Hospital

Contact our clinic in Winston-Salem, NC today at 336-750-6300 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian and get the answers you're looking for about your pet's condition or overall health.