Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Ultrasonography: uterus

Contributor(s): Alison Dickie, David Godfrey

Introduction

Uses

Advantages

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.
  • Patient has urinated prior to examination of the uterus so the bladder is empty.

Alternatives

Equipment

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Patient preparation

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technique

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Normal anatomy

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Pregnancy

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Cruz-Arámbulo R & Wrigley R (2003) Ultrasonography of the acute abdomen. Clin Tech Small Anim Pract 18 (1), 20-31 PubMed.

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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