Potomac Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound

Potomac Mobile Veterinary Ultrasound Mobile service that provides high quality diagnostic ultrasound for veterinary clinics in the vicinity of Northern Virginia.
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09/18/2020
Salvador vet's painstaking surgery helps mutilated bird fly again

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Veterinary surgeon Jose Coto's clinic at the El Salvadoran environment ministry has its hands full as it cares for a wide array of injured, neglected or abused wild animals in the Central American country. But he was stunned when police recently brought him a large-beaked hawk that had its wing feat...

09/17/2020

Occasionally, ultrasound can provide very helpful, non-invasively information about subcutaneous masses. I found this mass on the shoulder of my Golden Retriever. This heterogenous, cystic appearance was concerning and led me to pursue biopsy. Benign lipomas tend to have a more homogeneous, echoic appearance. Unfortunately the biopsy gave a diagnosis of hemangiosarcoma.

#vetmedical #vetultrasound #vet #vetoncology

09/08/2020
Sunshine Dog Rescue

So sweet! This mother dog lost her entire litter of puppies. So she adopted these three kittens that lost their mother. Adorable.

Georgia and kitties. She takes her cleaning of the babies very seriously! Good mama. 🥰 @torbazorb14, her new dad, came to visit Georgia/Milo and brought her a cute new collar. ❤️💛❤️ #sunshinedogrescue

Happy National Dog Day!  From our dogs to yours.  Dogs make everything more fun!#nationaldogday #vetmed
08/26/2020

Happy National Dog Day! From our dogs to yours. Dogs make everything more fun!
#nationaldogday #vetmed

08/25/2020

Lung ultrasound can be very useful. Especially for disease that’s right up against the thoracic wall. This is an assymptomatic 12yr old female spayed cat that you can see a 2.5 cm hypoechoic nodule between the ribs moving back and forth as the cat breathes. There are tiny hyperechoic (white) foci that could mean calcification within the nodule.

This nodule could safely have ultrasound guided fine needle performed. It was declined in this case. Adenocarcinoma is suspected based on appearance but biopsy would be needed to confirm.
#veterinarymedicine #vetmed #vetimaging #feline #vetblue #tfast

There is a lot of new (and sometimes confusing) information out there for veterinarians about when we should spay or neu...
08/20/2020
Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence

There is a lot of new (and sometimes confusing) information out there for veterinarians about when we should spay or neuter dogs. Although a lot of it depends on individual circumstances, I thought this research from UC Davis was interesting. It appears a lot of risk/benefit depends on the size and breed of the dog.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.00388/full

Neutering (including spaying) of male and female dogs in the first year after birth has become routine in the U.S. and much of Europe, but recent research reveals that for some dog breeds, neutering may be associated with increased risks of debilitating joint disorders and some cancers, complicating...

Very useful article on efficacy of different face coverings.  Looks like our surgical masks are a win.
08/11/2020
Low-cost measurement of facemask efficacy for filtering expelled droplets during speech

Very useful article on efficacy of different face coverings. Looks like our surgical masks are a win.

Mandates for mask use in public during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, worsened by global shortage of commercial supplies, have led to widespread use of homemade masks and mask alternatives. It is assumed that wearing such masks reduces the likelihood for an infected person to spread the disease, but....

Did you know you can see foxtails, splinters and other subcutaneous foreign bodies with ultrasound ?  Helps to locate th...
08/05/2020
It's foxtail season! — Wavelength Veterinary Services

Did you know you can see foxtails, splinters and other subcutaneous foreign bodies with ultrasound ? Helps to locate them before spending a lot of time exploring.

Here in Central Oregon, and in many parts of the West, foxtails are a scurge. There are variants, and many different names for them: cheat grass, goat heads, grass awns, etc. Every veterinarian knows that looking for a buried foxtail can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. Ultrasound is an

07/22/2020
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Mitral valve disease is by far the most common reason for heart murmurs in dogs. Here is a typical example of what I usually see during an echocardiogram. The video shows the left heart in the center of the screen (left atrium at bottom, ventricle at top, mitral valve in the middle. The color Doppler shows the valve has a leak causing a blue/yellow jet (blood flow going away from the top of the screen, hence in the wrong direction).

We then take measurements of the left atrium, left ventricle in systole and diastole to decide if medication is needed to prevent heart failure. In this case, it isn't, but we'll need to keep checking to see if it progresses.
#vetmed #mitralvalve #caninecardiology #canine

07/22/2020
Canine Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease

Mitral valve disease is by far the most common cause for heart murmurs in dogs. Here is a typical example of what I usually see during an echocardiogram. The video shows the left heart in the center of the screen (left atrium at bottom, ventricle at top, mitral valve in the middle. The color Doppler shows the valve has a leak causing a blue/yellow jet (blood flow going away from the top of the screen, hence in the wrong direction). We then take multiple measurements of the left atrium and left ventricle in systole and diastole to determine if medication is needed to help the dog. In this case, it's well compensated and medication isn't necessary at this point, although that could change if the disease progresses.
#canine #vetmed #mitraldisease #vetcardiology

These ultrasound pictures are from a dog with a suspected prostatic mass.  The mass was very large and was causing hydro...
07/08/2020

These ultrasound pictures are from a dog with a suspected prostatic mass. The mass was very large and was causing hydronephrosis of the right kidney by compressing the right ureter. The dark mushroom area inside of the right kidney is the renal pelvis. This area should have very little urine visible in it, normally. There is a picture of the left kidney for comparison. The final picture shows the ureter (which usually can't be seen) where it enters the mass caudally.

07/02/2020

This video clip is from the liver of a dog that presented for removal of a mass near the anus. Upon further questioning, the vet found that the dog had been losing weight and not eating well. Shockingly the bloodwork was perfect! She decided to do an ultrasound and these ugly metastatic lesions were found all throughout the entire liver. Fine needle aspirate revealed that these were tumors of endocrine origin. Likely anal gland adenocarcinoma metastasized from the perianal mass. #vetmed #vet #vetimaging

Foreign body in the duodenum of a dog.  Four year old Boxer with weight loss and inappetence and occasional vomiting for...
06/17/2020

Foreign body in the duodenum of a dog. Four year old Boxer with weight loss and inappetence and occasional vomiting for three months! Despite it's large size, this foreign body was not obstructive so he didn't have the classic signs of a foreign body.

You can tell it's a foreign body because it has a strong shadow, shown by the yellow arrows (unlike with gas, where there is a dirty shadow). Also, you can see the normal layers of the intestine above it. This is about 6 cm. The curvilinear shape is suggestive of a ball. Wondering if it's a piece of tennis ball. What do you think?

#vet # vetmed # vetimaging #vetultrasound #foreignbody

Check out this huge adrenal mass in a cat I ultrasounded recently.#vetmed #vetimaging #vetultrasound #felinehealth #anim...
06/05/2020
Hyperaldosteronism (Conn's Syndrome) in a cat

Check out this huge adrenal mass in a cat I ultrasounded recently.

#vetmed #vetimaging #vetultrasound #felinehealth #animalhealth

An 11-year-old female spayed DSH cat was presented for poor appetite, hyperthyroidism, and previous episode of hypertension. CBC was normal. Blood chemistry found phosphorous 2.7, Na 156, K 2.6, bicarb 27, CK 441, Total...

06/03/2020
Cervical ultrasound in a cat.  The thyroid and parathyroid gland can be readily seen and measured with ultrasound.  Also...
05/26/2020

Cervical ultrasound in a cat. The thyroid and parathyroid gland can be readily seen and measured with ultrasound. Also lymph nodes, salivary glands and esophagus, among others. Helpful when trying to evaluate parathyroids when you have a hypercalcemic cat
.#veterinaryultrasound #veterinaryimaging #vetmed #veterinarian #vetlife #animalhealth

05/14/2020

Fun with ultrasound 😊. By applying ultrasound to a dog’s urinary bladder, you can use color Doppler to watch as the ureters shoot urine into the urinary bladder to make sure the ureters are patent and opening into the right place. You can see here on this patient I did recently to rule out ectopic ureters.

This is a sagittal view. One ureter has a blue eruption the other side is red.
#vetultrasound #vetmedicine #veterinarydiagnosticimaging

05/14/2020

Fun with ultrasound 😊. By applying ultrasound to a dog’s urinary bladder, you can use color Doppler to watch as the ureters shoot urine into the urinary bladder to make sure the ureters are patent and opening into the right place. You can see here on this patient I did recently to rule out ectopic ureters.

This is a sagittal view. One ureter has a blue eruption the other side is red.
#vetultrasound #vetmedicine #vetimaging

Here's cute Theo (look at that face!) getting snuggled after his ultrasound at House Paws.  Fortunately nothing bad was ...
05/07/2020

Here's cute Theo (look at that face!) getting snuggled after his ultrasound at House Paws. Fortunately nothing bad was found and he appears to be on the mend. #vetultrasonography #veterinarymedicine

In spite of COVID-19, we are still on the road, available to customers that need us.  Extra precautions are being used t...
05/04/2020

In spite of COVID-19, we are still on the road, available to customers that need us. Extra precautions are being used to keep everyone safe. #veterinarymedicine #veterinaryultrasound, #vet

My brilliant ultrasonographer friend Liz shared this interesting case. You can actually use ultrasound to diagnose clots...
04/29/2020

My brilliant ultrasonographer friend Liz shared this interesting case. You can actually use ultrasound to diagnose clots in the limbs as a cause of lameness.

When hindlimb lameness isn't orthopedic....

This is a 15 year old female spayed dog with acute onset left hind leg lameness. Radiographs were 100% normal. Ultrasound revealed the problem causing her lameness, and treatment can now target the correct issue.

And now the rDVM has the unenviable job of finding the underlying issue that is making her hypercoagulable in the first place...

**update: the underlying cause is immune mediated hemolytic anemia, which is a known cause of hypercoagulability.**

Went to House Paws in Winchester for a post partum ultrasound on Melanie the cat to make sure there were no retained fet...
04/20/2020

Went to House Paws in Winchester for a post partum ultrasound on Melanie the cat to make sure there were no retained fetuses. She had a few stillborns but also fortunately this little cutie here who was happily burrowing in mom’s tail. Mom checked out okay 🙂. #veterinaryultrasound #lovecats

Ok... I admit it I’m a complete sucker! I was called in by the wonderful organization Friends of Homeless Animals to do ...
04/15/2020

Ok... I admit it I’m a complete sucker! I was called in by the wonderful organization Friends of Homeless Animals to do an echocardiogram on this total love bug named Doodle. He had a heart murmur. Fortunately nothing too serious. He snuggled up while getting his exam; so cute, A week later we ended up adopting him! He fits right in. #foha foha #adoptdontshop #imasuckerforpuppyeyes

Beautiful day to be out on the road!
04/10/2020

Beautiful day to be out on the road!

Did you know sometimes gall bladder mucoceles can rupture and the mucocele can migrate anywhere in the abdomen- even as ...
04/02/2020
Extruded Gall Bladder Mucocele

Did you know sometimes gall bladder mucoceles can rupture and the mucocele can migrate anywhere in the abdomen- even as far away as the urinary bladder? Here is an interesting case I had recently.

This was an unusual case. A 10 year old spayed female Cockapoo presented for inappetence, hiding, and panting for several days. She had been vomiting frequently for the previous 24 hours. On presentation, she was seve...

03/26/2020

This quote seemed appropriate for our current situation:

"If you can stand in space just for a little while, a new door will open, or you'll be able to see in the dark after a while. You'll adjust."

Jane Campion, film-maker, screen-writer.

See the double lines (arrows) around the gall bladder wall?  It’s gall bladder edema, also known as the halo sign.  The ...
03/24/2020

See the double lines (arrows) around the gall bladder wall? It’s gall bladder edema, also known as the halo sign. The rule outs for this include anaphylaxis, right sided heart failure, pericardial effusion, cholecystitis, pancreatitis, hypoalbuminemia, and IMHA.

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03/21/2020

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Who let the dogs out?
03/12/2020

Who let the dogs out?

In these tough times...maybe we can make you smile a little ;) #VETgirl #VetMed #VetTech #Veterinary #COVID19 #Coronavirus #WHOLetTheDogsOut

I was happy to see this article.  When I'm performing an ultrasound on cats I play the music they recommend in this arti...
03/11/2020
Mellow that meow? Researchers say this special music can help nervous cats chillax at the vet’s office - The Boston Globe

I was happy to see this article. When I'm performing an ultrasound on cats I play the music they recommend in this article. Plus Feliway (a calming pheromone spray) and a dark room. Sedation if needed. I like to make it a calm, comfortable experience for the cat. Everyone including the cat is happier and I get MUCH better diagnostic information. Same for dogs. It's a win-win!

Researchers say music composed specifically for cats can help them chill out during a visit to the veterinarian.

Had a great time yesterday volunteering to do feline spays and neuters for the Loudoun Community Cat Coalition.  Hadn't ...
03/02/2020

Had a great time yesterday volunteering to do feline spays and neuters for the Loudoun Community Cat Coalition. Hadn't done surgery in awhile, so it was fun to get back into the surgery groove! It's an honor to help out so many kind volunteers working hard to help neighborhood cats 😊

Ultrasound image of intestinal lymphoma in a 7 year old Golden Retriever that presented for acute vomiting and fever.  H...
02/27/2020

Ultrasound image of intestinal lymphoma in a 7 year old Golden Retriever that presented for acute vomiting and fever. Hallmark of this disease is the loss of normal wall layering in the small intestine. Very enlarged and abnormal mesenteric lymph nodes seen in the bottom picture. Fine needle aspirate of the intestine confirmed high grade lymphoma.

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Why I Love Veterinary Ultrasound

I’ve been a small animal veterinarian in Virginia since 1997. During that time, I developed a passion for small animal ultrasound. As a general practitioner, I loved all the information I could derive from ultrasound; it’s an inexpensive, safe, and painless way to really get to the bottom of what was wrong with my patients. I took every ultrasound course I could get my hands on! I loved it so much that in 2018 I decided to start my own mobile ultrasound business so I could provide this service to more clinics in house. During this time, I have seen how pet owners loved having ultrasound done in their own veterinary clinics so they can maintain the bond they have with their regular vet. Plus the decreased expense and hassle of traveling to a specialty clinic makes it so much more accessible for them. Also, I get to give valuable information to my fellow veterinarians and enable them to work up cases more extensively. I love getting to know and work with my colleagues and work together as a team.

I am passionate about finding the answers to what is wrong with my patients. I love learning something new everyday and passing that knowledge on to those around me. I am grateful to be in this business and would be happy to bring this service to your veterinary clinic.

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