An outpatient ultrasound is ideal when you have already examined the patient, and need further diagnostic advice before pursuing treatment.
Outpatient ultrasounds are best suited for non-critical and stable patients.
- Upon arrival at the hospital, your client will check in with one of our client care team members.
- He or she will then be greeted by a technician who will answer any questions about the procedure, then take your pet to the ultrasound examination room.
- Your patient's ultrasound will be performed by a board certified or board eligible specialist in radiology.
- If we feel that upon presentation that the patient is unstable and requires immediate medical care, we will (with the owner's permission) provide this care through the emergency department, and then contact you with an update on the patient's condition.
- If we feel that sedation is required, we will discuss any questions the client might have and obtain the client's authorization prior to proceeding.
- Please ensure your client is made aware that we will need to shave some of their pet's fur in order to conduct the exam. Please also ensure that they know that they should not feed their pet on the day of the exam (water in small amounts is ok), as food and air in the stomach and intestines can interfere with some ultrasound examinations.
Following your patient's ultrasound, our radiologist will review the results of the examination with the client and answer any questions you might have regarding the findings. In addition to discussing the findings with the client our radiologist will also discuss them with you (the referring veterinarian) and follow up with a detailed report by fax.
Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your pet’s medical team. Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding this or any other process.
SUBMITTING A REFERRAL
Please use the outpatient ultrasound referral form to submit records and request an appointment on behalf of your client.