The Ultrasound Scanner is a relatively new machine used to diagnose problems inside our patients. When Peter was a student at Liverpool University, none of the universities even had an ultra sound which the students could use. However Peter realised the potential of ultra sound in Veterinary Science & has invested a lot of time, money & effort into study, courses, practice & equipment to ensure that Airedale Vets are at the forefront of using ultra sound to help your pets. The amount of money we spent on our ultra sound scanner alone could have brought a nice, new, sports car. However we think this money is well spent to help us diagnose & treat your pets to the high standard our clients expect from Airedale Vets.
Ultrasound can be used in pregnancy diagnosis, examination of the heart, kidney, bladder, liver, spleen and other abdominal organs, imaging of the eye and many other applications.
The probe produces very high frequency sound waves which pass through and reflect off different densities of tissues to varying degrees. Returning waves are detected by the probe and an image created on the screen. We can look inside the eye if the lens is cloudy, we can look behind the eye to look for tumours, abscesses, & foreign bodies. We can look inside the heart, we can measure the thickness of the different walls & size of the chambers of the heart. We look at thickness & movement of the valves of the heart and measure the speed of the blood flowing through the heart & the blood vessels going into & out of the heart. All this can help us diagnose problems & indicate the severity of any problems. Ultrasound also lets us look at things like the heart as it contracts & expands.
At our main surgery in Keighley we have an Ultra Sound Scanner. There are now plenty of very basic ultra sound scanners which only cost £3-4000 but these are limited in their use. Airedale Vets have a very sophisticated ultra sound scanner. It can display a normal two dimension image of what the organ we are looking at, we can also display colour flow doppler on top of this. We can also display Pulsed and Continuous Wave Doppler. This is good for looking at blood flow in various organs especially the heart Also it can display both B & M mode which is great for looking inside the heart, even inside the heart of puppies & kittens before they are born. M mode is very useful for measuring the thickness of the walls of the heart for example. We have various heads, 3.5, 5, 7.5 & 10 MHz which allows us to look inside small animals or small organs such as the eye (10MHz) up to large organs in very large dogs, such as looking at a Great Danes liver (3.5MHz)