Outpatient Cat & Dog Abdominal Ultrasounds in Hunt Valley and Columbia, MD
Ultrasonography is one of the most common forms of diagnostic imaging technology used in the veterinary industry. This non-invasive, pain-free technique involves using a device/machine that sends sound waves into a targeted area of the body. The echoes from these waves then produce a moving image of the internal organs in real time. You can learn more about cat and dog ultrasound here.
Outpatient ultrasound is limited to the Hunt Valley and Columbia locations and must be requested by a primary care veterinarian. This is an outpatient service only, and does not establish a patient-doctor relationship with AVIM&O Hunt Valley or Columbia. If your veterinarian believes your pet would benefit from consultation with an internal medicine specialist, an appointment and subsequent consultation fees are required. You should not expect to interact with an AVIM&O veterinarian during or after your pet’s outpatient ultrasound without an existing relationship with our practice.
Outpatient ultrasounds can only be requested by your primary care veterinarian. Reviewing the report and any resulting treatment plan will also be managed by your family veterinarian.
If your veterinarian determines that your pet would benefit from an ultrasound, they will fill out the Outpatient Ultrasound Request Form and submit the required medical records.
Once your pet’s complete medical record and lab work package is received from your veterinarian, an AVIM&O team member will contact you to schedule your pet’s ultrasound. You will drop your pet off no later than 9am on the day of the procedure. Your pet will receive an examination onsite and be admitted for the ultrasound. Once the scan is complete, an AVIM&O staff member will call you to arrange a pick-up time. In most cases, your pet will remain with us for a few hours.
Registered Veterinary Technicians with advanced training in ultrasound technique will administer any necessary sedation and perform the ultrasound. There is always a veterinarian in the hospital for support and supervision. Ultrasound images will be sent to our radiology partner, Radimal, to be read and interpreted by a board-certified veterinary radiologist.
We expect to receive your pet’s ultrasound report on the same day as the procedure, in most cases. When the report arrives, AVIM&O will share it with your primary care veterinarian, who will then manage your pet’s case by sharing the results with you and determining the best course of action. You and your veterinarian will be notified via email that results were received.
Our outpatient ultrasound service costs $750. This includes the brief exam, sedation, ultrasound service and radiologist fee.
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