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Ultrasound Exam: What to Expect

If your veterinarian has recommended an ultrasound, here's what you can expect before, during and after the ultrasound exam.

What is Ultrasound?

Ultrasound (also known as a sonogram) is a safe, effective and painless imaging modality veterinarians utilize when they need to take a closer look at your pet's internal organs.

How to Schedule

Book the ultrasound exam through your veterinarian. Scanvet will travel to and perform the exam at your veterinary hospital. When booking, please consult and decide on FNA sampling.

FNA Sampling

Sampling is only done if indicated by sonographer and in consultation with your veterinarian. Sampling helps differentiate cancer vs things that only LOOK like cancer but are very treatable.

Before the Appointment

No food the morning of the appointment. Imaging your pet with an empty stomach helps improve image quality and allows for a more complete and diagnostic exam.

Patient Drop-Off

Pet owners are not permitted to be present for the ultrasound due to insurance liability. Please coordinate a drop-off time with your vet a few hours before your scheduled appointment.

During the Appointment

The area to be examined will be shaved for clear imaging. Light sedation is often used to reduce anxiety and to make your pet as comfortable as possible.

After the Appointment

Your veterinarian will call you when your pet is ready to be picked up. The images are then evaluated. Depending on the area of interest and complexity, the images may be sent to a specialist.

Report Delivery

The Scanvet team will work with your veterinarian to get you answers as quickly as possible. A comprehensive evaluation will be completed and your veterinarian will contact you with the results.

Have Questions?

If you have any questions on the results of your pet's ultrasound or treatment options, please contact your pet's veterinarian directly. Scanvet is not permitted to consult with pet owners.