Often times the major organs in the abdomen are given an ultrasound to obtain additional information that a radiograph alone cannot provide. This procedure gives the doctor an active view of the organ. We commonly view the bladder, kidneys, spleen, liver, adrenal glands, stomach, and pancreas on an abdominal ultrasound.
Thoracic ultrasounds give the doctor important information on the functioning of the heart. This is especially important for pets with suspected congenial heart problems or heart failure.
Needle biopsies can be taken from major internal organs by using the ultrasound as a guide. This is a less invasive procedure than a surgical biopsy, but still requires that your pet be anesthetized.