Dr. Alvarez has an interest in the disciplines of Ultrasound and Cardiology and has been doing ultrasounds since 1998. She receives referrals from around the 4-Corners. When x-rays are unable to show internal concerns such as tumors or heart murmurs, your veterinarian may refer you to Dr. Alvarez for an ultrasound. There are many types of ultrasounds ranging from checking a female for pregnancy to checking a male for prostate tumors. Through this technology, veterinary medicine can now diagnose and treat ailments that may otherwise go unnoticed and untreated. Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that allows a completely safe and non-invasive method of visualizing the interior of the body. This method uses no radiation and allows the doctor to achieve a depth of detail that is not possible with x-rays.
We have a specific ultrasound room equipped with one of the best ultrasounds available in a private practice in the state of New Mexico. We recently purchased a Logic S7 with Doppler capabilities (December 2015) from Sound Technology. In additions Dr. Alvarez has attended many seminars over the years and included with the new ultrasound purchase is the ability to attend unlimited classes which keeps her updated on the latest technology. In fact, Dr. Alvarez will get over 100 hours of the latest Ultrasound/Cardiology medicine in 2016.
There are certain circumstances that will require a biopsy in order to get a diagnosis. During this procedure, your pet will likely be under general anesthesia. The biopsy is performed while the structure to be biopsied and the biopsy needle are simultaneously visualized on the monitor. It is a very precise procedure and quite safe.
This exam includes visualization of the liver, gall bladder, spleen, adrenal glands, pancreas, kidneys, urinary bladder and parts of the stomach and intestines. This diagnostic tool enables us to examine internal organs when surgery is not desirable. Biopsies may also be performed for certain organs.
Ultrasonography has been used extensively to diagnose pregnancy in dogs and cats during the first trimester before palpation and well before radiography. The time span of 19-30 days after breeding is the easiest and most accurate time for pregnancy detection.
All of our veterinarians have been trained in the FAST (Focused Assessment with Sonography for Trauma) procedure when a quick ultrasound is needed to guide our diagnosis and prognosis.