We will make every effort to serve you on the next soonest appointment (often the same day or next or as needed). Appointments can be scheduled in advance for virtually any future date Monday-Friday.
**Add-on Cases: If an appointment(s) is already scheduled with VSI for an ultrasound and an additional case(s) arises, please call and notify us so we can be prepared. In many situations, this will not be a problem, but please notify us as soon as possible as add-on cases can affect our ability to serve other scheduled cases that day.
DISCLAIMER: We do not work directly with the general public but rather serve other veterinarians on a referral basis only. Pet owners are encouraged to contact their primary care veterinarian to request their veterinarian contact VSI for an ultrasound consultation. Thank you.
Please shave the patient prior to VSI veterinarian's arrival as not to further delay the exam.
Abdominal ultrasounds require shaving from the xyphoid process to the caudal abdomen with very wide margins extending laterally over the last 3-4 ribs. This is a shave similar to what's needed for exploratory laparotomy. The shave needs to be clean and to the skin. (See photos below)
Echocardiograms require a small shaved square (2"x2") in the right & left axial areas and a small square 2"x2" just caudal to the xyphoid process. (See photo below)
Brief assistance from a hospital technician will be necessary to aid in patient restraint during the exam only. The exam generally takes approximately 30 minutes.
Sedation or anesthesia is generally not required to perform an ultrasound exam, but in many cases the greatest diagnostic yield will come when the patient is completely relaxed. Please check with the VSI doctor when in doubt with regard to anesthetic choice and effects on the patient (especially for echocardiograms). Anesthetic/sedative administration and patient monitoring is the responsibility of the primary care veterinarian on the case.