I’ve been thinking a bit lately about a conversation I have frequently with my colleagues. It’s one that questions the need for and the appropriateness of ultrasound use in a general companion animal practice. I repeatedly hear veterinarians bemoaning the time required to learn to perform ultrasound, the expense of implementing it, and the potential liability in interpreting it. They often tell me that they have a “wonderful traveling radiologist/internist” who comes in at a regular interval to conduct ultrasound exams on their accumulated cases.
In our last blog, we looked at fetal aging via ultrasound as a big benefit of imaging over traditional palpation in bovine reproduction.
Identification of fetal anomalies or accidents of gestation can not be done in a practical manner during gestation without the use of diagnostic ultrasound, and is one of many examples that demonstrate the superiority of reproductive ultrasound over manual palpation and other manners of pregnancy diagnosis in cattle.
This week we have showcased some of the more common disorders seen in the bovine fetus.
Pregnant or not?
As a veterinarian, you’re trained to understand what you see on an ultrasound machine, but your equine client may be baffled by the images. They may not even know what ultrasound imaging actually is or does, or its value as a diagnostic tool. Here are some tips for explaining ultrasound images to horse owners.
So you've decided to breed your mare! This can be a very exciting time, but it can be overwhelming as well. The process is at times frustrating if you encounter fertility issues, and can be expensive even when everything goes perfectly. Once your mare is bred, routine ultrasound exams should be scheduled. Your veterinarian may wish to conduct the following exams...
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With our next generation EVO® II and FASTVet™, you can be using ultrasound EVERY DAY in your companion animal practice!
With FASTVet™ techniques, you don’t need to be an expert sonographer to assess and monitor your patients. These are standardized, goal-directed exams that any veterinarian can easily learn and implement. Built-in procedural videos provide immediate assistance in performing FASTVet™ protocols. And in emergencies, no other tool offers such unparalleled, exigent diagnostic assistance.
IBEX® EVO® II
The next generation of our flagship model, EVO® II offers:
- 3x brighter display—a NIT rating of 1200 [original EVO® has a NIT rating 400].
- The EVO® II supports the new L7HD transducer [see below].
- Version 2.0 firmware—improved image quality and feature set.
EVO® II is the latest, most advanced model in the Ibex® family, with significantly better image resolution, color-flow Doppler, remote control, improved features and remote image-viewing apps. The EVO® II is ideal for equine and bovine practices, companion animal practices, zoos, and anyone demanding a high-quality image in a robust system.