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Most people’s experience of ultrasound is its antenatal use in humans. Ultrasound can be used for pregnancy testing in animals, but its main use is in clinical diagnosis. It is particularly useful for investigating heart problems, where it provides information about the internal structure and function of the heart.
With our new doppler ultrasound machine we can actually see the flow of blood through the heart as it beats. Ultrasound is also commonly used to look at the organs inside the abdomen. It provides complementary information to radiography.
This scan of a dogs heart shows abnormal blood flow, coloured blue, regurgitating into the left atrium as the left ventricle contracts. This was caused by a leaky mitral valve.
A thrombus (blood clot) can be seen attached to the inside of an enlarged left atrium in a cat with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy HCM