Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to create images of organs within the body. Ultrasound is used for imaging the urinary bladder, gall bladder, liver, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, adrenal glands and any abnormal fluid or mass within the abdomen of your pet. More advanced Doppler settings allows for the determination of arterial blood flow from venous blood flow. In addition, the perfusion – or blood vessel density – of an organ such as the kidneys can be determined. Heart ultrasound or echocardiography is slightly different because the heart is moving faster than other organs and requires different frame rates and settings and may require different skills to interpret the images. Dr. Garner is well versed in all aspects of ultrasound both abdominal and heart. Ultrasound is painless to your pet and rarely requires sedation.