How to Read an Ultrasound Image

Tue, Jun 25, 2019 @ 09:21 AM Mia Varra

Updated and re-posted

Have you ever looked at an ultrasound image and wondered what you're 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 is it?

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]. 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.

Remember...FLUID is always BLACK and TISSUE is GRAY. The denser the tissue, the brighter white it will appear in ultrasound, with the brightest WHITE being BONE.

Now let's look at some images...
bovine early micro
Bovine ultrasound: pregnancy
heifer calf
Bovine ultrasound: heifer calf
13-day equine pregnancy
Equine ultrasound: 13 day pregnancy
sheep 63 day single cranium 2.5mhz curved linear probe field of view 50
Sheep ultrasound: 63 day pregnancy

Remember, the more images you read, the easier and clearer they will become.

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