Ultrasound Imaging and Echocardiograms
Discover the inner workings of your pet’s health with our advanced ultrasound and echocardiogram services at Fort Street Veterinarian, proudly serving Omaha, NE, and surrounding areas such as Bennington, Elkhorn, Blair, Gretna, Waterloo, Bellevue, Council Bluffs, Yutan, Papillion, and more!
Ultrasounds for Pets
Ultrasounds are a noninvasive and invaluable imaging technique allowing veterinarians to delve into your pet’s internal health. Our skilled team, though not boarded radiologists, is extensively trained to perform in-house ultrasonography for dogs and cats. We collaborate with boarded radiologists to ensure comprehensive care for your pet.
How Do Pet Ultrasounds Work?
During an ultrasound, a veterinarian gently moves a small, hand-held probe across your pet’s skin to capture detailed images of their internal organs. High-frequency sound waves emitted by the probe bounce off internal structures, creating real-time two-dimensional images displayed on a monitor.
Why Choose Pet Ultrasound?
Ultrasounds offer a clear, real-time view of your pet’s organs, including liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, adrenal glands, urinary bladder, prostate, pancreas, stomach, gastrointestinal tract and when applicable, reproductive tract. This diagnostic tool aids in identifying enlarged lymph nodes, presence of fluid, tumors, inflammation, intestinal blockages, bladder stones, and more.
Echocardiograms for Pets
Echocardiograms, specifically designed for assessing heart health, use ultrasound technology to create detailed images of the heart’s structure and function. This diagnostic tool helps identify issues such as heart murmurs, valve disorders, and overall cardiac function.
How Do Pet Echocardiograms Work?
During an echocardiogram, a veterinarian uses ultrasound to examine the heart, providing insights into cardiac health. High-frequency sound waves generate detailed images, allowing for the identification of heart conditions and monitoring overall cardiac function. An electrocardiogram (ECG) is performed during the echocardiogram to monitor & assess the electrical rhythm of your pet’s heart. ECG aids in the overall cardiac assessment and timing of cardiac cycles during the echocardiogram.
Safety and Preparation for Your Pet
Rest assured, ultrasounds and echocardiograms are safe and pain-free for your pet, without the use of radiation. To enhance image precision for abdominal ultrasounds, we recommend withholding food for at least 12 hours before the procedure. Fasting is generally not required for echocardiograms (in certain cases, fasting may be required). Water is allowed at all times. Upon arrival, our veterinary staff will shave
your pet’s fur for clearer contact with the skin. Sedation may be used to ensure your pet remains still during the procedure or for necessary additional steps like biopsies or aspirations. In order to ensure that sedation is safe for your pet, an examination is performed by one of our veterinarians & we will receive consent from you prior to proceeding forward with sedation.
Why Choose Fort Street Veterinarian for Pet Ultrasounds and Echocardiograms?
Pet owners in Omaha and neighboring areas trust Fort Street Veterinarian for comprehensive pet ultrasound and echocardiogram services. Our commitment to your pet’s well-being includes off-site continuous education training and collaboration with board-certified radiologists and cardiologists to ensure the most comprehensive veterinary care for your pet. Contact us online to learn more and schedule an appointment. Your pet’s well-being is our top priority!