Real-Time Ultrasound Imaging
for Accurate Veterinary Diagnostics
Ultrasound imaging is a veterinary diagnostic tool that uses high frequency sound waves to produce real-time images of your pet’s internal systems. Painless and non-invasive, it offers a high degree of clarity when examining your critter companion’s organ, muscle, and bone functions. Often used in conjunction with digital X-rays, ultrasound technology aids our veterinarians in diagnosing and treating your feline or canine family member.
Abdominal ultrasound simplifies the diagnoses of internal disease by providing veterinarians with a clear view inside the patient’s stomach, liver, kidneys, and other internal organs. The real-time capabilities of ultrasound technology allow our veterinarians to diagnose and assess a variety of veterinary conditions including:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Urinary bladder disease or kidney stones
- Enlarged lymph nodes and cancer
- Abdominal masses, fluid, and foreign material
- Pancreatitis and inflammatory bowel disease
Should a mass be discovered during an ultrasound, the board-certified specialist will enlist the help of our veterinarians and certified staff to use anesthesia during the remainder of the ultrasound. This ensures our patient is comfortably asleep while we pass an ultrasound-guided needle directly into the mass. This is done to collect (or aspirate) a small tissue sample, which will be used to properly identify the mass. This option is infinitely less invasive than a surgical procedure that would otherwise be required to collect this kind of diagnostic tissue sample.
Cardiac ultrasound, also known as echocardiogram or ECHO, can be especially useful when detecting heart problems. Abnormalities in the motion of the heart valves, blood flow through the heart, chamber size, and contractions of the heart muscle can be assessed for abnormalities with a high degree of accuracy. Assessing the heart as it beats is crucial for treating and diagnosing specific heart diseases.
Cardiac ultrasound is used to diagnose and identify:
- Cardiac birth defects
- Diseases of the heart valves
- Heart muscle diseases (cardiomyopathy)
- Fluid around the heart (pericardial effusion)
- Cardiac tumors
- Certain types of heartworm infections
Board-Certified Radiology Specialists
At Odyssey Veterinary Care, board-certified specialist performs both abdominal and cardiac ultrasounds. American College of Veterinary Radiology (ACVR) board-certified radiologists spend at least three years, after achieving their doctorate of veterinary medicine (DVM), focusing strictly on the application and diagnosis of these ultrasound imaging modalities.
Odyssey goes above and beyond my expectations, and truly cares about my dog. We will always come back to Odyssey and highly recommend it to anyone who asks!
Dr. Bruss is great—he is very kind and caring. He called us several times to explain our options and didn’t pressure us to make a particular decision.
My dog sees Dr. Stokes for his vet care and she is the best vet ever. She understands my dog’s unique needs and I highly recommend them!
No matter which vet we've seen, they’ve always been loving and compassionate whether we were there just for yearly vaccinations or for something a bit more serious.
I am in love with all of the staff at this facility. If I could, I would want to be treated there, but sadly, they only take the four legged types...
Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I feel surrounded by people that love animals as much as I do. Wouldn’t change a thing.
Services are very reasonably priced and we've never felt like we had any unnecessary procedures or products pushed on us. we really feel that we can trust Dr. Bruss and Odyssey Veterinary Care with our cats’ health.
— Onion Girl
Dr. stokes has seen our family through kitten to senior cat, puppy and loss of dog, new puppy and everything in the middle! We think the care our animals get here is top notch!
Great people, great care! You've all made such a difference in my life and Abby's too. Thanks Odyssey Staff!
When they prescribed my dog eye drops for an infection, they gave me the instructions and then called me within a 48 hour period to ask me how the medication was going and if I had any questions.
They are very friendly and very thorough. The dog loves them, and she’s shy, so that’s a good thing. We have always had a lot of confidence in what they have told us.
They happily accommodate our special request to see our big dogs in their fenced back yard, since our 100-pound German Shepherd gets nervous in a small examination room.
We bring our dog to Odyssey Vet Clinic and will continue to do so as long as we live in this area. They are the best vets we’ve ever had.
They are very friendly, and they always remind you of when your appointments are. They are the top veterinary hospital in Madison. They are very good.