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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Ultrasound Definition

Ultrasound: Ultrasound is a diagnostic medical imaging technique that can help get a picture of the deeper areas of the body. While this tool’s most familiar use is to check on human baby development during pregnancy, it can also produce an image of the interior of any other soft-tissue organ. In contrast, an X-ray image often just shows a silhouette or shadow of internal organs without revealing their internal architecture. The heart, eye, muscles, tendons, and many internal organs in the abdomen can usually be seen with ultrasound imaging. The technique is noninvasive, has no known risks for the patient, and is available at many veterinary hospitals. Dogs typically do not need sedation during ultrasound.

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