Ultrasound provides a safe and accurate guide to obtain biopsies from diseased organs such as the liver, kidneys, and lungs, and minimizes the risk of injuring adjacent vital structures.
Ultrasound is also used to guide extracorporeal shock wave therapy, which delivers high-pressure pulses of acoustic wave energy to injured tendons, ligaments, and bones to stimulate healing and to provide pain relief.
- Our surgeons are highly skilled in performing digital ultrasound exams on tendons, ligaments, and joints, and evaluating the results.
- We utilize state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment with specialized probes for imaging tendons and hearts.
Advances in ultrasonography
Ultrasound, a diagnostic tool that utilizes high frequency sound waves and their echoes to produce two-dimensional black and white images, was first introduced in equine medicine in the 1970s. It was initially used for monitoring reproduction cycles and pregnancy in broodmares.
In the early 1980s, the use of ultrasound was extended to the evaluation of tendon and ligament injuries.
With further technological advancements, the use of ultrasound has expanded considerably and now allows the assessment of a wide variety of organs and skeletal structures.