Why Every Veterinary Practice Needs an Ultrasound Machine

Grey cat having ultrasound scan in veterinary clinic, closeup

In the veterinary world today, an ultrasound machine is an essential imaging tool for small-animal veterinary offices. In recent years, advances in ultrasound technology, also known as sonographic technology, have refined ultrasound capabilities and improved potential outcomes for many conditions. 

Why should you invest in a portable ultrasound machine for your veterinary clinic? Read on to learn about just some of this technology’s competitive benefits.

Ultrasound Is Effective, Efficient, and Multi-Purpose

Sonographic technology has made great strides in recent years. Today’s ultrasound machines can provide highly detailed images of the entire body—large and small organs, tissues, and bodily fluids. Not only can ultrasound help diagnose serious illnesses such as cancer, but it can also identify structural abnormalities such as abdominal masses, blood vessel anomalies, and kidney stones.

Ultrasound is also highly efficient. By having an in-house ultrasound machine, you no longer need to outsource ultrasound procedures to another clinic and waste time awaiting crucial, time-sensitive information from the ultrasound professionals there.

Lastly, ultrasound is multifunctional. Besides imaging, it can help veterinary providers perform biopsies and surgeries.

Ultrasound Is Safe and Noninvasive

Most small animals tolerate ultrasound very well as this technology is noninvasive, painless, and requires little restraint. Unlike X-rays, ultrasound does not give off ionic radiation and is safe even when repeated. Neither does ultrasound necessitate anesthesia, unlike other imaging technologies that require an animal to be completely still. As a result, ultrasound eliminates the risks and side effects of sedation.

Ultrasound Machines Are Versatile and Customizable

Ultrasound machines are hardly one-size-fits-all; they come in all shapes, sizes, and functions. Therefore, you can choose the ultrasound machine that best fits your practice. For example, if your clinic exclusively treats cats, you can purchase a smaller ultrasound machine with just one probe geared toward cats versus a large machine with multiple probes more suitable for cats and dogs.

Ultrasound Has an Excellent ROI

It’s true that ultrasound requires a considerable upfront cost. The most basic machines currently cost about $10,000. However, ultrasound pays for itself over time due to its frequent necessity in diagnosis and care. By providing in-house ultrasound, you offer your clients an effective imaging tool that can potentially prolong animals’ lives, improve their quality of life, and minimize treatment costs for your clients and overhead costs for yourself. Overall, consider ultrasound technology a net positive that will help you draw more customers to your practice and increase your profitability.

Ultrasound Training Is Affordable and Accessible

Educational demand for small-animal ultrasound has reached an all-time high, making it easier than ever to learn this technology. Choice Medical Systems offers online and on-site training courses taught by a board-certified veterinary radiologist. Choice Medical’s classes range from Basic, for those new to ultrasound, to Intermediate, for those wanting to further their education in this rapidly growing technology.

To learn more about our ultrasound machines and how to select the best unit for your business, call Choice Medical at 727-592-5668 today.