Our hospital does NOT have an ultrasound scanner on the premises.

However, we can arrange to have an experienced external mobile ultrasonographer to come to the hospital, to assist in evaluation of your pet’s condition if required, or we can refer for imaging at a Specialist Imaging Centre. 

Our veterinarians will discuss your pet’s case and conduct a thorough physical examination to determine if your pet requires an ultrasound examination. An ultrasound scan is a very important tool to help us diagnose diseases in animals, particularly for conditions involving soft tissues, such as those found in the abdomen, or the heart.

What is an ultrasound scan?

Ultrasound scanning is a painless procedure that uses high frequency sound waves (inaudible to humans) to produce images of structures within the body. When sound waves are directed into the body, some are absorbed by body tissues and others bounce back. The sound waves that bounce back are measured by the ultrasound machine and are transformed into an image on a screen. The images can be printed or recorded. Extensive training is required in order to correctly use this equipment and interpret these images.

Ultrasound scans are most useful for looking at soft or fluid-filled organs; like the liver, kidney, bladder and heart. It is less effective for examining bones or air-filled organs, like the lungs.

What happens to my pet when it is booked in for an ultrasound scan?

Most of our patients are admitted into our hospital 30 minutes to 1 hour before they are due to have the ultrasound scan done. If it is an emergency, we may refer you to other referal hospitals for the ultrasound to be done.

- We ask that you bring your pet in unfed on admission, as they may need to be sedated to allow us to do the best scan possible.

Clinic cat Oliver in the cradle waiting for his own ultrasound.  Ultrasound machine in background.

- The area to be scanned will be shaved, so your pet may look different when they come home. 

- No pain is felt during an ultrasound exam, however, discomfort from pressure may be experienced. Sedatives may be necessary for those animals that won’t stay still or are uncomfortable.

- During the scan a water-soluble gel is applied over the clipped area to be examined and a transducer (probe) is placed on the skin.

Clinic cat Oliver in position for an abdominal ultrasound, showing shaved area and water-soluble gel has been applied.


Clinic cat Oliver having abdominal ultrasound examination with the ultrasound probe                                                                  Cuddles and pats after with the Ultrasonographer and Veterinary Nurse

Once the scan has been done we will give you a call or book an appointment for our Veterinarians to show you the images, and to discuss the diagnosis and treatment plan for your pet.

Last updated 24.12.2019