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Providing otherwise impossible to gain information

Ultrasound is an advanced diagnostic test that we are delighted to be able to offer at Crown Vets. Our specially designed machine generates gentle waves of energy, which are directed using a probe that makes light contact with the skin. These waves are processed and displayed on a computer-like monitor and gives fantastically detailed images of the organs and structures within the body.

Ultrasound is beneficial for cats, dogs and even more exotic animals, such as snakes!

  • Pain free
  • Safe
  • Often requires no sedation or anaesthesia
  • Accurate
  • Provides information which would be impossible with any other technique

Ultrasound can be used to examine the size, shape and composition of any number of the organs within the body. This allows us to detect changes due to the acute and chronic diseases and has particular advantages when cancer is a concern. Read more about what ultrasound imaging can be used for below...

Chest and Heart

  • Examination of the heart is a very useful tool. We can measure the size and shape of the heart as with any organ but can actually watch the blood flowing through the heart, which is invaluable when choosing the appropriate treatments. This technique has a special name - Echocardiography
  • The lungs or pleura can be examined too, if these are diseased


  • Most commonly examination of the kidneys, liver, spleen, pancreas, urinary tract, reproductive organs and intestine
  • Pregnancy diagnosis
  • Diagnosis of bleeding or fluid accumulation


  • Some forms of muscle, tendon and ligament damage can be diagnosed using ultrasound and this is an emerging field in veterinary medicine


  • The accurate direction and positioning we achieve by ultrasound imaging can allow biopsies to be taken without surgery