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Ultrasound Enhances Livestock Medicine


June 27, 2016

Clinicians and students with the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service utilize portable ultrasound to perform an examination on a cow.

Clinicians and students with the Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service utilize portable ultrasound to perform an examination on a cow.

The use of ultrasound, both in-house and in the field, has increased the level of care and productivity of the hospital’s livestock services. Either by utilizing the Large Animal Ultrasound Service or performing their own ultrasound examinations, livestock clinicians are able to enhance service offerings to clients, quickly discovering the root of some injuries or illnesses.

In the Livestock Medicine and Surgery Service, ultrasound is used daily to assist with diagnosis of a range of conditions. The imaging can achieve simple tasks such as a better look at an abscess before draining, or more advanced tests like performing complete abdominal scans to help clinicians decide whether or not to take an animal to surgery. The service recently acquired a new ultrasound machine with advanced image quality and other capabilities such as color flow Doppler which will allow clinicians to examine vessels and hearts more thoroughly.

The Livestock Herd Health and Reproduction Service, which travels to ranches and breeding operations to more easily treat large herds, routinely uses portable ultrasound units to perform pregnancy diagnosis in the field. In its treatment of cows, sheep, goats and pigs, the service performs transrectal and transabdominal ultrasounds nearly every day in its reproductive work and to detect diseases like early pneumonia or to discover evidence of inflammation or infection and chronicity of diseases. Early detection of diseases can change the entire future for a calf in terms of its susceptibility to disease and how it will perform throughout life.

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