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Ultrasound Basics; How to read an ultrasound image

Posted by Mia Varra on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 @ 11:37 AM

 

Have you ever looked at an ultrasound image and wondered “What” are you looking at? Ever wonder which end is up? When others are discussing Bull or Heifer, ovarian diagnosis, or metritis treatment are you still looking to decide “What” it is?? Well, if you feel left in the dark when it comes to ultrasound images…..let’s start back at the basics.


Ultrasound is a non-invasive, immediate tool used to image tissue. It will not penetrate bone (like an X-Ray). So the first step to help you read the ultrasound image is to be familiar with the anatomy that you are imaging.


Various body tissues conduct sound differently. Some tissues absorb sound waves while others reflect them. The density of the tissue dictates the speed at which the echoes return.

If you remember that FLUID is always BLACK and TISSUE is GRAY. The denser the tissue, is the brighter white it will appear in ultrasound the brightest white being bone.

ultrasound gray scale

     BONE                              TISSUE                                                FLUID

 

 

Now, let’s look at a few images;

 bovine ultrasound, cattle ultrasound

 Bovine Ultrasound: Early Pregnancy

bovine ultrasound, heifer calf fetal sexing

Bovine Ultrasound: Heifer Calf

 13 day equine pregnancy ultrasound

Equine Ultrasound: 13 day Pregnancy

 

sheep ultrasound

Sheep Ultrasound: 63 day pregnancy

 


Hopefully this will help you to “SEE” the ultrasound image. Remember, the more images you see the easier and clearer they will become.


Of course, choosing the right ultrasound equipment from a creditable company should also be an important decision. To learn more about the IBEX Portable Ultrasound watch this short video.

 

Click Here For A Free  Ibex® Portable Ultrasound Demo

 

Ibex ultrasound video

 

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