Falmouth Animal Hospital offers ultrasonography, a safe and non-invasive imaging technique for diagnosing and treating sick or injured pets.

Feline Pet's Ultrasound ImageAn ultrasound uses sound waves, rather than radiation, to penetrate internal organs. X-ray images use radioactive light and can only pick up dense body parts (such as bone and cartilage), but cannot show detail of tissues. Small, fine details that cannot be seen on x-rays may be easily seen on ultrasound.

Similar to sonar technology, an ultrasound transmits high-frequency sound waves into the body. Various tissues "bounce" the waves back toward the ultrasound. The ultrasound then measures the distance for each area that this happens, and uses algorithms to display the "echoes" as an image on the screen.

This diagnostic imaging method enables virtually anything internal to be visible, allowing veterinarians to detect:
  • bladder stones
  • kidney stones
  • obstructions
  • cysts
  • pregnancy
 
  • tumors
  • heart problems
  • abnormal growth
  • and more

Guided by the ultrasound images, biopsy and fluid samples can be safely and easily obtained from your pet without performing invasive and costly surgery.

Meet Our Traveling Ultrasonographer

ultrasonographer-pam-dogPamela Harrigan is a Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer at Pet Animal Ultrasound Service, available to Falmouth Animal Hospital clients. Experienced with both adult and pediatric patients, her clinical affiliations have included Mass General Hospital and Lahey Clinic, as their lab technical director, and as a consultant in special projects at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation cardiac ultrasound laboratory. She has served as an associate editor of the journal of the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers, and is a past member of the executive board of the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers as well as the American Society of Echocardiography. Currently, Pam's work is focused in veterinary medicine, both clinical work and teaching/training ultrasound. 

If your pet is experiencing illness or injury, we are here to help. Please call us today at (508) 563-7147.

Since entering the field of echocardiography
 
when it was newly emerging, Pam has been
 
involved in all areas of cardiac ultrasound: clini-
cal practice, research, education and publica-
tion. Experienced with both adult and pedia-
tric patients, her clinical affiliations have
 
included Mass General Hospital and Lahey Clin-
ic, as their lab technical director, and as a con-
sultant in special projects at the Cleveland Clinic
 
Foundation cardiac ultrasound laboratory. In
 
addition to authoring and co-authoring echocar-
diographic scientific papers, manuscripts and
 
book chapters, she has published a textbook on
 
cardiac ultrasound, Principles of Interpretation
 
in Echocardiography. Her publications have
 
earned several awards from professional socie-
ties. She has served as an associate editor of
 
the journal of the Society of Diagnostic Medical
 
Sonographers, and is a past member of the
 
executive board of the American Registry of
 
Diagnostic Medical Sonographers as well as the
 
American Society of Echocardiography. She
 
directs a two-year school of echocardiography
 
and has lectured extensively both nationally and
 
internationally. Currently, her work is focused in
 
veterinary medicine, both clinical work and
 
teaching/training ultrasound. She has participat-
ed as a member of faculty at the ACVIM Forum
 
annual scientific meeting.