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Three Reasons Your Office Needs A Veterinary Ultrasound System

Have you been on the fence about buying a veterinary ultrasound system for your office? If so, you aren't alone. Major veterinary equipment, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines and computed tomography (CT) scans aren't typically seen outside of large veterinarian practices. However, it's becoming more and more common for smaller veterinarian offices to have ultrasound systems. Discover why you should buy veterinary ultrasound systems for your veterinarian office.

Provides a Closer Look at Vital Organs

Ultrasound systems aren't able to give you an overall snapshot of the abdomen or other areas of an animal's body like a radiograph, but it does allow you to get a closer look at specific organs. This can be particularly useful when examining a pet's tumor or locating and identifying a foreign object that a pet swallowed. An ultrasound is also able to differentiate between foreign objects, fluids, and soft tissue masses, which can't be done with an X-ray. Additionally, many vets use ultrasound systems to evaluate the way an animal's heart is functioning and diagnose different heart conditions.

Provides a Safe Treatment Alternative

Ultrasound systems designed for veterinarian offices use the same technology as ultrasound systems used on a woman during pregnancy. It's a non-invasive procedure that has no side effects, making it a safe alternative to other forms of treatment. For example, if a pet has a mass that needs to be evaluated, you can examine it via ultrasound instead of surgically removing a portion of the mass to be biopsied.

Ability to Monitor Pregnancies

Pregnant animals may not need quite as much care as a woman, but it is possible to use your ultrasound machine to monitor an animal's pregnancy. It allows you to see whether the babies are developing properly and determine when the animal will deliver her babies.

Portable Systems Provide More Flexibility

If you don't want to purchase a large ultrasound system for your office, you should consider purchasing a smaller, portable unit. The small size of a portable ultrasound machine makes it easy to transport. This allows you to treat animals living in remote locations, such as for farm animals and large animals that can't be seen in your office. Portable ultrasound machines can be used inside and outside, so you can use the machine in your office when needed. Additionally, portable ultrasound machines can be used on animals who haven't been sedated, which could save you a substantial amount of time.

Ultimately, the decision to purchase an ultrasound system for your practice is entirely up to you. However, having an ultrasound system on site has several benefits that you should consider before ruling it out completely.