Tuskegee University Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital

Ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging tool that allows for the evaluation of internal organs in a real time, non-invasive manner. Organ architecture, size and shape of healthy and diseased tissues can be evaluated. Ultrasound also allows for targeted sampling of body cavity fluid as well as aspirates and biopsies of organs and tissues.

Radiography and ultrasound are complementary imaging modalities. Radiography provides invaluable information about the entire body cavity assessed, including bones and areas such as the pelvic canal that cannot be adequately evaluated with ultrasound.

It is important that ultrasound and radiography are used in conjunction with one another to provide the best possible diagnostic accuracy and patient care.