An outpatient ultrasound (OPUS) is a diagnostic tool your veterinarian can use to help diagnose a variety of diseases. Outpatient ultrasound appointments are for the diagnostic ultrasound only and do not include a consultation with a doctor. The results of the ultrasound will be sent directly to your veterinarian who will review the results and go over finding with you.
Appointments are only available by referral from your primary care veterinarian. Please have your veterinarian contact the PASE diagnostic imaging service or fill out a referral form. Once we discuss the case with your veterinarian, the diagnostic imaging team will contact you to schedule an appointment.
Please do NOT provide any food to your pet for 8 hours prior to your appointment, unless otherwise advised. Food can limit the ability of the radiologist to evaluate some organs. Drinking water is okay. Owners of diabetic or pediatric patients should call ahead to discuss fasting.
You may be asked by your veterinarian to give your pet oral medication prior to the ultrasound to keep them calm.
Please arrive 15 minutes before your pet's scheduled appointment.
The ultrasound may take up to 1 hour from the time of your appointment. PASE is an active emergency room, and rarely emergency procedures may delay outpatient ultrasounds.
The fur on your pet's abdomen will be clipped.
If we determine that your pet needs sedation for the ultrasound, someone will discuss this with you directly and receive approval for you before moving forward. This will incur additional fees.
Any additional procedures (e.g. fine needle aspirates, biopsy) would require a complete veterinary evaluation and would be discussed with you and your primary care veterinarian. Additional procedures would incur additional fees.
Results of the ultrasound will be sent to your primary care veterinarian for review immediately following the procedure.
If any emergent issues are identified, you will be notified immediately.
Your pet's abdomen will be shaved for the procedure.