Veterinarians perform diagnostic testing every day in their practice. In some cases veterinarians may need to use specialized testing equipment that will give them more details about their patient. These tests can often be performed while the pet is awake, and the results are often processed in the office the same day while the patient waits. Many veterinarians look for different ways to keep expenses to a minimum for their clients, so they will only perform a specialized test when it is absolutely necessary.
It is quite common for veterinarians to purchase a piece of equipment that will be used for testing patients. Used equipment often costs a great deal less but offers the same accurate test results. This often allows a vet to keep their prices down for the clients. The most common reason that veterinarians tend to get rid of equipment is if a business gets sold or if a vet may be retiring and closing their practice. In some cases buying used equipment will allow a veterinarian to offer more diagnostic services to their patients.
One of the most common and specialized tests that a veterinarian may need to run is an ultrasound. A vet ultrasound can give much more detailed information than an x-ray, and this is often very useful for a veterinarian when they are trying to diagnose a problem. An ultrasound does not cause the patient any pain and can be done when the patient is awake or asleep. The results can be viewed in real time and images can also be captured in a photograph which can then be printed into a hard copy.
If your veterinarian has recommended a vet ultrasound it is usually because they feel they will get better diagnostic results. Ultrasounds are very good for capturing images of hard to reach places as well as the inside of an organ. An ultrasound is usually a bit more expensive, but often provides key information that could save a pet’s life.