the use of ultrasonic waves for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, specifically to image an internal body structure

The use of ultrasound or medical sonography is a diagnostic medical imaging tool performed for the purpose of visualizing muscles, tendons, and internal organs that may not be clearly visible in a traditional radiograph. Ultrasound imaging produces real-time tomography, which can aid in the diagnosis of internal injuries and pathological illnesses.

When employed properly, ultrasound imaging can be used to diagnose a variety of internal irregularities in animals, including heart conditions and tumors. In a specialty practice such as Azzore, the primary uses of ultrasound imaging include cardiomyopathy and mitral valve disease in the heart, stones which can form in the gall bladder, kidney or urinary bladder, and tumors of the intestines or other organs.


It is important to be sure that the diagnosis comes from a doctor or ultrasound technician that is properly trained to perform ultrasound imaging, as misdiagnoses using ultrasound are increasingly common.

At Azzore we offer on-site ultrasound imaging performed by Dr. Dew. If traditional examination and radiography do not clearly define the medical issue your pet is dealing with, Dr. Dew may recommend an ultrasound, which will be performed the same day as your pet’s consultation appointment.