We love radiology and ultrasound because they are non-invasive ways to look inside the body. Ultrasound also allows us to target specific areas for fine needle aspirates and biopsies. With this information, we can potentially obtain a diagnosis without surgery. Since our radiographs are digital, they can also be reviewed remotely by radiologists. When needed, our veterinary radiologists Dr. Long and Dr. Herrgesell also travel to our hospital to perform specialty ultrasounds of the abdomen, chest and joints. If we want to look more closely at the heart, we call in our veterinary cardiologist, Dr Brian Mackie.
All of our staff veterinarians were educated at UC Davis where they learned ultrasound techniques. Dr Yackey also returned to school in 2005-2006 as a Don Low Fellowship recipient in the area of ultrasound. He had the opportunity to obtain additional training in abdominal ultrasound in the radiology department at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. We all feel comfortable using ultrasound to evaluate your pet, but most importantly, we recognize when we need specialists to further evaluate your pet’s insides.