This service is available at:
Bulger Veterinary Hospital
Massachusetts Veterinary Referral Hospital
Port City Veterinary Referral Hospital
We hope you will consider the hospitals in the IVG network as an extension of your regular veterinarian’s practice. The information gathered from your pet’s detailed diagnostic ultrasound, together with your veterinarian’s physical exam and previous diagnostics, will help to determine the cause of your pet’s illness, and suggest potential treatment recommendations.
What to Expect
- Upon arrival at the hospital, you will check in with one of our client care team members. You will be greeted by a radiology technician who will answer your questions about the procedure, then take your pet to the ultrasound examination room. Your pet’s ultrasound will be performed by a board certified specialist in radiology.
- If your pet is ill and we feel that the ultrasound examination might present a risk to his/her well being, we will call your veterinarian before proceeding. If we feel that upon presentation, your pet is unstable and requires immediate medical care, we will (with your permission) provide this care and then contact your veterinarian to update them on your pet’s condition.
- In some cases pets can demonstrate anxious or apprehensive behavior, making it difficult to perform an accurate ultrasound examination. In these cases, sedation may be recommended to minimize the stress on your pet and help our team obtain the best images. If we feel that sedation is required, we will discuss any questions you might have and obtain your authorization prior to proceeding.
- In order to provide the highest quality images, your pet’s fur will be shaved in the area of the study. This is required, but we will make every effort to shave as little fur as possible.
- Please do not feed your pet on the day of the exam (water in small amounts is ok), as food and air in the stomach and intestines can interfere with some ultrasound examinations.
- Following your pet’s ultrasound our radiologist will review the results of the examination with you and answer any questions you might have regarding the findings.
- In addition to discussing the findings with you, our radiologist will also discuss them with your veterinarian by phone and follow up with a detailed report by fax.
Your primary veterinarian has the best understanding of your pet’s history and overall medical condition, and as a result they are the best resource to answer questions you might have about prognosis and specific diagnostic or therapeutic recommendations.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your pet’s medical team. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding this or any other process.