Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Ultrasonography: ovary

Contributor(s): Alison Dickie

Introduction

Uses
  • Investigation of:
    • Infertility.
    • Palpable or radiographic caudal or mid abdominal mass.

Advantages

  • Low cost.
  • Non-invasive.
  • Straightforward.
  • Short time requirement.
  • No known biological risk.
  • Allows ultrasound guided fine needle aspirate or biopsy to be performed.

Time required will reduce with operator experience

Disadvantages

  • Will require patients coat to be clipped.
  • Normal sonographic appearance does not exclude disease.
  • Abnormal sonographic appearance does not always indicate significant disease.
  • Similar sonographic appearance with different diseases.

Potential problems

  • Poor transducer - skin contact:
    • Inadequate clipping.
    • Insufficient coupling medium.
  • Inadequate restraint of patient.
  • Operator inexperience.

Equipment

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Patient preparation

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technique

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Normal anatomy

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • England G C W (1995) Small Animal Reproductive Ultrasonography. In: Veterinary Ultrasonography Ed: Goddard P J. Cab International, Cambridge. pp55-85.


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