Brix Veterinary Service offers basic small animal abdominal ultrasound in our hospital. We use a GE LOGIQ Book XP Vet machine. This allows us to assess the major structures in the abdomen such as the liver, spleen, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, and urinary bladder. Ultrasound can also be used to look for fluid in the abdomen or evaluate a pregnancy.
We occasionally recommend special testing during a urinary tract infection that involves the ultrasound. During a cystocentesis, we use the ultrasound to guide a needle connected to a syringe into the urinary bladder. This allows us to collect a urine sample without the exterior contamination that happens during normal urination. This sample is sent to an outside lab where they can grow the bacteria that are in the urine. They can then test different antibiotics against that bacteria to see which one works best.