Applications for ultrasound include:
- Ultrasound provides a much more detailed way to look at fluid-filled and soft tissue organs in the body.
- Ultrasound is very important in accurately diagnosing heart problems (echocardiogram), assessing lymph nodes, internal organs, adrenal glands, bladder, prostate, and intestines.
- With ultrasound, we can see inside these organs, perform ultrasound-guided aspirates and biopsies, often avoiding invasive exploratory surgery. Knowing how to interpret ultrasound findings is critical.
Ultrasound, a peek inside the body
Our doctors and vet nurses at Tequesta Vet Clinic all use our high-quality ultrasound. In April of 2019, Dr. Joi upgraded her “nice” ultrasound to what could be described as the “race car” of ultrasound units. We are clearly not internists nor radiologists, but we can often identify diseases in our practice without having to send you to a specialist, especially since Dr. Bill joined the team in 2019.
Dr. Bill has been practicing ultrasound for 20 years and has impressive ultrasound skills. This is particularly important because sometimes we need an answer now, not in a few days or next week when the specialist has the next available appointment. Dr. Bill admitted to Joi that our fancy ultrasound played a large part in him leaving his job at a specialty hospital on the west coast to re-enter general practice at Tequesta Vet Clinic. Joi is thrilled having Bill on the team as his ultrasound skills (in addition to his genius brain) has dramatically elevated the level of care at our hospital.
We typically charge $300 to $500 for Dr. Bill’s ultrasound exams (depending on if he is doing one or 2 body cavities). We do our best to make this service affordable! He is not a cardiologist, but he is able to do heart ultrasound (aka “echos”) at a lower price than if a client went to one of the local cardiologists. If a client were to go to a specialist the price would likely be double what we charge for Dr. Bill to ultrasound a pet. Of course, now and then he feels he must refer to a specialist, but the timeliness of care and diagnostics in addition to the financial savings results in improved outcomes for our patients.
The other 3 doctors at our practice also know their way around an ultrasound, but don’t have the same level of skill as Dr. Bill. We typically charge $115 for Global FAST scans in our clinic by Dr. Javi and Dr. Joi and Dr. Kate. Our in-house ultrasound scans may direct us to involve Dr. Bill or to send you to a specialist for a formal ultrasound. Oftentimes, we may just make the diagnosis ourselves. We use our ultrasound all day long for simple things such as collecting urine to more advanced looks such as during triage of an ill pet.
Again, we use our ultrasound all day long and wonder how we ever practiced without it.