Not all veterinary hospitals utilize ultrasound technology, but Northside Veterinary Hospital is committed to providing the very latest technologies and techniques for your pet. Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic procedure, which unlike X-rays, does not result in your pet’s exposure to radiation. The ultrasound machine uses sound waves to penetrate the internal organs and creates a real-time, moving image of your pet’s internal organs that are displayed on a monitor. The procedure involves using a hand-held probe on the skin to create an image of organs and other structures inside the body. This non-surgical test can help rule out or confirm a diagnosis and be a tremendous help when determining the size and location of evident tumors, cysts and stones. In addition, it is essential for obtaining a biopsy, aspirating an organ, performing an echocardiogram and confirming the viability of a pregnancy.