Canine and feline anatomy is surprisingly similar to our own, and we see many diseases that are common to both human and veterinary medicine. We commonly use ultrasound as a non-invasive diagnostic tool to get a better picture of inside the abdomen. Ultrasound gives us information about the architecture of the organs. Most animals do not need anesthesia, as they just lie quietly on their backs while we scan the body with a probe against the skin. The whole procedure is non-painful and relatively quick. We then transmit our pictures via the internet to an specialty imaging company, where board certified radiologists review the images and send us a written report usually within 24 hours. This is useful, as the radiologist gives us a second perspective on the case straight from a specialist. We can collaborate to establish the best diagnostic and treatment plan going forward.