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[acc_item title=”Renal/Bladder Study”]A comprehensive abdominal study is always recommended however, this limited study can be ordered as a follow up to the comprehensive or for a specific urinary concern.  Animals are not to have food 4-6 hours prior to the exam and prevented from voiding  for the 2 hours prior.  Hair will often need to be clipped and sedation is not usually necessary.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Pregnancy Study”]Ultrasound can be used as a method of pregnancy detection.  Embryos can be seen at day 25 (after LH surge) in dogs and day 18 in cats.  Pregnancy may be ruled out 33 days post last breed for dogs and 20 days post last breed for cats.  Scanning may also be done throughout a known pregnancy for viability confirmation and/or stage of gestation, however, it is not to be relied upon for a litter count.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Thyroid Study”]Animals are scanned in dorsal recumbancy with the hair clipped.  Thyroid glands are measured with attention to size, contour, presence of focal lesions and/or diffuse heterogenicity.  Colour flow is also used.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Lump Study”]Hair is clipped if necessary in the region of the lump.  Meaurements are taken and colour flow is applied.  Tissue type (ie. fatty vs. dense and or calicific) and vascularity are assessed.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Comprehensive Abdominal Study”]Animals are to be fasted 6-8 hours prior to the exam and prevented from voiding 2 hours prior.  Hair will be clipped from the ventral abdomen and sedation is not usually required.  Imaging includes the urinary bladder (uterus, ovaries, prostate if present), kidneys, spleen, liver, gallbladder, pancreas, adrenal glands, aorta, stomach, pylorus, small intestine and colon.  Lymph nodes and peritoneal fluid are imaged if seen.  Study may include some video loops and colour Doppler if necessary.[/acc_item]
[acc_item title=”Comprehensive Echocardiogram Study”]Animals are to be clipped at the thorax at each side of the sternum.  Scanning of the heart is done in both left and right lateral recumbancy from under the animal on an echo table.  Sedation is not necessary but may be used.  2D, M-mode and Doppler are all used in this study comprised of stills and multiple video loops.  Chamber sizes, wall thickness, flow velocities are all assessed and measured.  Valves are studied and interrogation for the presence of regurgitation, tumors, pleural and pericardial effusion is completed.  Fractional shortening and ratios of LA:AO  are calculated and all information is used to determine cardiac structure and function.[/acc_item]