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Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure that uses sound waves to generate images of soft tissues and other anatomy.

A computed tomography (CT) scanner uses computer processing to combine a large series of x-ray images, creating detailed images of 'slices' of the body.

Both types of imaging can be used in different ways to diagnose illness, characterize anatomy, and guide the direction of diagnostic sampling.

We provide the following outpatient services for cats and dogs at our facility in Mountlake Terrace:

  • Ultrasound
  • CT Scan
  • Ultrasound-guided centesis
  • Ultrasound and CT-guided fine needle aspirates
  • Ultrasound and CT-guided Tru-Cut biopsy

Pet owners may call our office to schedule an appointment at our facility or submit an inquiry online

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • General
  • Ultrasound
  • CT

The doctor will review the findings with you at the conclusion of the procedure.  Results will be provided to your veterinarian in the form of a written report.  Your veterinarian will also be provided with access to the images for review.

We can take radiographs in conjunction with another service like ultrasound or CT. We do not offer outpatient radiographs as a stand-alone service.

The role of fur or hair is to trap air near the skin in order to regulate body temperature. Unfortunately, ultrasound waves cannot pass through air. The fur must be clipped in order to obtain a clear picture.

Most pets require no sedation and lay quietly for the procedure.

Especially nervous or wiggly patients may need sedation to enable a thorough examination. Sedation or brief anesthesia is usually employed if a biopsy or needle aspirate procedure is performed.

 

The structures in the abdomen can be best seen when the stomach is empty.  We ask that you withhold food from your pet for 8 hours before your appointment. Water is allowed.

A thoracic ultrasound is used to assess all of the structures within the chest cavity. We may also evaluate blood flow to the organs within the chest.

An echocardiogram uses live ultrasound images to assess the function and structure of the heart for the specific purpose of assessing heart disease. While we usually briefly evaluate the heart, a thoracic ultrasound does not take the place of an echocardiogram.

A fine needle aspirate (FNA) provides a sample of cells taken with a small gauge needle. This procedure may or may not require sedation.

A Tru-Cut biopsy provides a tissue sample requiring a specialized large bore needle. This procedure is performed under general anesthesia to allow for accurate sampling and to reduce the risk of bleeding.  We require a current coagulation profile to ensure that the patient is able to clot appropriately.

Yes, because this procedure is done under anesthesia your pet should have no food for 8 hours before the appointment. Your pet can have free access to water.

Anesthesia is necessary to ensure that your pet remains motionless during the procedure. While under anesthesia, your pet will be continuously monitored by a veterinarian. The post-anesthesia recovery period is typically brief.