What to Expect
For Veterinarians and their Team
- Most urgent appointments can be seen within one to two working days at your own clinic if you are located in the Twin Cities metro area.
- During the appointment, Dr. Weisman will require the assistance of at least one staff member to assist with patient restraint. Occasionally, additional staff members are needed for active, oversized patients or for special procedures. Please obtain prior authorization from the owners to perform such things as:
- Clipping the pet’s fur
- Sedation if necessary
- Biopsies/fine needle aspirates
- Prequisite bloodwork recommended for biopsies (PT/APTT, platelet count, etc.)
- Following the ultrasound, Dr. Weisman will give you a brief verbal report and will follow up with a detailed written report sent to your clinic the day following the exam.
- Consultation with a radiologist, cardiologist, or internist via telemedicine is also available upon request for an additional fee as well as cytology services.
- Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound will bill your clinic directly for services performed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why use a mobile ultrasound service?
It is our goal at Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound to enhance your diagnostic abilities so that you can provide appropriate treatment in a timely and efficient manner. Our ultrasound specialist, Dr. Melissa Weisman, is devoted to ultrasound study and providing the best in diagnostic ultrasound imaging and associated services to your practice. Because that is our main focus, we are able to bring you the latest in diagnostic ultrasound interpretation and practical applications. Furthermore, pets and their owners enjoy the convenience and comfort of being able to receive these services at your veterinary hospital leading to better owner compliance. This results in better care for your patients and satisfied clients.
What are common indications for an abdominal ultrasound?
Patients exhibiting abdominal pain, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, polyuria-polydipsia, abdominal distension, abdominal mass, ascites, weight loss, collapse, and pregnancy can all benefit from abdominal ultrasound examination. Other indications for an ultrasound include CBC abnormalities such as such as anemia, leukocytosis, and thrombocytopenia, chemistry panel abnormalities such as elevated liver enzymes, hypoalbuminemia, and azotemia, and urinary tract sediment abnormalities such as hematuria, pyuria, and reactive transitional cells.
What types of lesions are frequently identified on abdominal ultrasound?
Intra-abdominal tumors, cancers, ascites, organ masses, organ nodules, adrenal gland tumors, adrenal gland enlargement, pancreatic inflammation, bladder stones, renal stones, bladder tumors, gallbladder obstruction, gallbladder mucoceles, cholecystitis, gastrointestinal foreign bodies and obstructions, disruption to intestinal wall layering, intestinal inflammation, and lymphadenopathy.
What are the common indications for an echocardiogram and thoracic ultrasound?
New or worsening cardiac murmur, abnormal EKG findings, ventricular arrhythmia, acute collapse, cardiomegaly, clinical signs of heart disease, mediastinal mass, pulmonary mass, ascites, pericardial and pleural effusions.
What type of training has Dr. Weisman had in ultrasound?
Dr. Weisman has completed over 300 continuing education in credits in small animal diagnostic ultrasound. She has also completed extensive one-on-one mentoring with national and internationally known veterinary radiologists and other boarded specialists. Please click on the links below for more information.
How are results obtained?
Dr. Weisman will interpret all ultrasound and echocardiographic studies she performs. A verbal report and brief written notes will be provided immediately after the exam. A formal written report will be sent to the primary clinic the first work day following the exam. Consultation with a radiologist, cardiologist or internal medicine specialist via telemedicine is also available upon request for any scan for an additional fee. Dr. Weisman may recommend telemedicine consultation with a board certified specialist for cases that are particularly complex or unusual. A specialist’s report can be obtained in most cases in less than 24 hours.
Can you provide a price list for your services?
A price list is available upon request for veterinarians. Please e-mail your request along with the name of your clinic to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I set up an appointment?
If you are a new client, please e-mail us at email@example.com to set up an appointment. Our doctor will then call you and provide you with direct contact information for future appointments. We will also provide you with a patient history form to be completed prior each exam.
How quickly can an appointment be obtained?
Priority will be made for emergency scans however every effort will be made to get to your hospital within 1-2 days depending on bookings, availability, and your clinic location.
Is fasting required prior to a scan?
A twelve hour fast is ideal for all abdominal scans as gas and ingesta in the GI tract can interfere with ultrasound imaging. Fasting is also desired in case the patient requires sedation. Ultrasound imaging can still be performed on emergency patients and animals that have a critical medical condition, however, it should be noted that lack of fasting may limit image quality and interpretation.
Will the pet need to be shaved?
Yes. The fur traps air which interferes with image acquisition and quality. For an abdominal exam, the fur should be clipped from the 12th rib space caudally to the pelvis. Please have the pet clipped prior to Dr. Weisman’s arrival in order to save time. Echocardiograms require clipping under the armpit region and over the sternum. Please inform the pet owner that their pet will be shaved to avoid any misunderstandings.
What type of sedation will be needed?
This will depend on the patient and the ultrasound study or procedure being performed. Patients undergoing ultrasound guided core biopsy require heavy sedation or general anesthesia. Whenever possible, sedatives and anesthetics should be avoided for echocardiograms as they can negatively influence the results of the scan. Butorphanol and butorphanol-acepromazine sedation can be used for echocardiograms when absolutely necessary. Please consult with Dr. Weisman if you have questions.
How long should an ultrasound scan or echocardiogram take?
It is recommended to set aside at least 30-60 minutes. At least one assistant will be required in order to hold the patient. More time may need to be set aside for ultrasound guided procedures or unexpected findings seen during the exam.
Preparation for Needle Core Biopsies:
A PT/PTT, CBC with platelet count and biochemical profile is required prior to a needle core biopsy. Pets undergoing this procedure require heavy sedation or general anesthesia. Needle core biopsies should be scheduled in the morning so that the patient can be monitored in the hospital for at least four hours prior to discharge.
Who is responsible for patient monitoring?
It is the responsibility of the veterinarian and health care team at the hospital visited to properly monitor the patient during and after scanning and during any procedures performed as Dr. Weisman will be focused on the exam. Patients undergoing sedation or general anesthesia should be connected to monitoring equipment and supervised by a trained member of your hospital. An intravenous catheter may be recommended.
Can clients be present for the exam?
A much more focused and efficient scan can be obtained if clients are not present. Clients are not allowed to be present during any ultrasound guided needle procedures. It is best to have the pet dropped off at the hospital ahead of time. Delays can happen depending upon exam findings and the need for ultrasound guided procedures. Dr. Weisman will be happy to talk to clients if they are readily available after the exam has taken place, but it is the responsibility of the ordering veterinarian to follow-up and manage the case.
How will I be billed?
Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound will bill the veterinary hospital directly. Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound is unable to accept payments directly from clients. Checks are made payable to Minnesota Veterinary Ultrasound. Payments should be made within 10 days of receiving the invoice beyond which a $25 late fee will apply and scanning services may be delayed until accounts are updated.