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waves

  

Western Australian Veterinary Emergency & Specialty

24 hour/365 days

Emergency

P: 9412 5700

640 Beeliar Drive

Success 6164

  

Emergency

Ultrasound


Ultrasonography allows one to obtain real time images from within a patient’s body. Ultrasonography can be used to examine the abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, bladder and gastrointestinal tract as well other parts of the body such as the eye, chest, tendons and soft tissue structures. Echocardiography is a form of ultrasonography specifically focused on examining the beating heart .


Ultrasonography is performed by means of our high end ultrasound machine, a GE logic S8. The machine has a variety of ultrasound transducers for optimal viewing of a range of body parts. Its cardiac configuration with simultaneous ECG assessment allows for  optimal assessment of the heart . A patient may be referred for ultrasonography to investigate conditions such as:

 

  • Abdominal pain
  • An abdominal mass
  • A suspected gastrointestinal foreign body
  • Bladder stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • A heart murmur
  • A soft tissue mass
  • Fluid in the abdomen or chest


Ultrasound guided fine needle aspirates and biopsies can also be conducted to obtain samples of tissues to help diagnose pathology as well as to sample fluid to determine its nature and origin.

Patients need to be fasted overnight for ultrasonographic examinations as gas and food in the gastrointestinal tract make it difficult to see underlying organs. Ultrasonography frequently requires that the patient be lightly sedated to optimize imaging and facilitate easy fine needle aspirate sampling. A general anaesthetic is only required for core tissue biopsies.

  

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WAVES is the newest veterinary referral and emergency facility in Australia. With specialists in internal medicine, diagnostic imaging, emergency & critical care and surgery, we aim to provide advanced and comprehensive care for the pets of Perth and WA