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When is an ultrasound scan useful in cats?


An ultrasound scan is performed on cats to detect pathological changes or damage to internal organs. Such an examination is also useful, for example, to keep an eye on the condition of the young in a pregnant cat. If the veterinarian wants to examine the cat more closely, an ultrasound examination is often useful - Image: Shutterstock / Lubava

An ultrasound scan allows the veterinarian to examine your cat's internal organs. The device used generates special sound waves that are reflected differently by the different types of tissue in the animal body. This creates an image of the inside of the body that allows the veterinarian, for example, to recognize abnormal enlargements of certain organs or to determine the position of unborn boys in the womb of a pregnant cat.

Then the investigation makes sense

The ultrasound method is particularly useful when it comes to examining symptoms of soft tissue in cats. For example, tumors can be recognized in good time or the condition of the heart can be checked. The veterinarian can also check organs such as the liver, kidneys or even the eyes for diseases using an ultrasound examination.

However, not all parts of the body can be visualized by ultrasound. Bones, the brain, the spinal cord, the lungs or the trachea cannot be recognized on ultrasound images. Other imaging techniques are better suited for examining these organs. An X-ray examination or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan), for example, would be useful here.

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Risks of an ultrasound examination

The veterinarian does not have to intervene in the patient's body during an ultrasound examination. This means that your cat does not have to have an operation so that the veterinarian can check whether everything is OK with her.

The sound waves are harmless for cats, dogs or other animals as well as for humans. Your velvet paw will not be exposed to radiation during such an examination. Before the examination, however, the cat's fur must be shaved at the appropriate point, which some cats find uncomfortable. You can rest assured: there is no medical risk for your pet with ultrasound.