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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https://sonopath.com/resources/cases-month/histiocytic-sarcoma-4-year-old-female-spayed-ferret-our-case-month-2021An ult...
06/22/2021
Histiocytic Sarcoma In a 4-Year-Old Female Spayed Ferret: Our Case of the Month 2021

https://sonopath.com/resources/cases-month/histiocytic-sarcoma-4-year-old-female-spayed-ferret-our-case-month-2021

An ultrasound I performed on a ferret at Buckeystown Animal Clinic was featured as the case of the month for Sonopath. Fine needle aspirate confirmed histiocytic sarcoma.

Weight loss, diarrhea, decreased appetite, occasional weakness. Glucose checks have been consistently in the low 60s. HCT over 60%, ALT 299, AST 141, BG 61. Recheck BG 64.

06/19/2021
I have been so impressed with how all the many veterinary clinics I visit have adapted to the Covid crisis.  This past y...
04/24/2021

I have been so impressed with how all the many veterinary clinics I visit have adapted to the Covid crisis. This past year had demonstrated how good veterinarians and staff are at coping, adjusting, and adapting. I am in awe of my amazing colleagues. I am so proud to be a veterinarian. Happy World Veterinary Day. You all are rockstars!

I have been so impressed with how all the many veterinary clinics I visit have adapted to the Covid crisis. This past year had demonstrated how good veterinarians and staff are at coping, adjusting, and adapting. I am in awe of my amazing colleagues. I am so proud to be a veterinarian. Happy World Veterinary Day. You all are rockstars!

Today was a good day!  Volunteered to give COVID vaccines with the Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps.  Feels really good to ...
03/08/2021

Today was a good day! Volunteered to give COVID vaccines with the Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps. Feels really good to help do my small part to help get this awful virus under control. The expectation was that we would vaccinate 2,000 people today! I think I maybe did 25 people? Everyone was so nice. Honored to be part of the effort!

Today was a good day! Volunteered to give COVID vaccines with the Loudoun Medical Reserve Corps. Feels really good to help do my small part to help get this awful virus under control. The expectation was that we would vaccinate 2,000 people today! I think I maybe did 25 people? Everyone was so nice. Honored to be part of the effort!

03/07/2021

Glad they caught this person

The ultrasound picture below shows a mass in the liver of a 5 year old dog.  The presenting symptoms were polyuria and p...
02/23/2021

The ultrasound picture below shows a mass in the liver of a 5 year old dog. The presenting symptoms were polyuria and polydypsia. He had completely normal bloodwork, including liver enzymes. The mass is very large, borders are shown with yellow arrows. Fine needle aspirate confirmed hepatic adenocarcinoma. I highlighted this case to show the value of ultrasound. And, that just because your bloodwork is normal, it doesn't rule out liver disease.

The ultrasound picture below shows a mass in the liver of a 5 year old dog. The presenting symptoms were polyuria and polydypsia. He had completely normal bloodwork, including liver enzymes. The mass is very large, borders are shown with yellow arrows. Fine needle aspirate confirmed hepatic adenocarcinoma. I highlighted this case to show the value of ultrasound. And, that just because your bloodwork is normal, it doesn't rule out liver disease.

Second Covid vaccine done!  So grateful to Loudoun county for doing such a great job, super efficient process today.  Gr...
02/09/2021

Second Covid vaccine done! So grateful to Loudoun county for doing such a great job, super efficient process today. Grateful I can now even more safely serve my veterinary clinics!

Second Covid vaccine done! So grateful to Loudoun county for doing such a great job, super efficient process today. Grateful I can now even more safely serve my veterinary clinics!

02/01/2021

These images are of a mass in the left kidney of a 6 yr old MN Greyhound. He was getting an abdominal ultrasound due to persistent hematuria that did not resolve with empirical antibiotics. You can appreciate in these images the 7.1 x 4.6 cm heterogeneous mass that is almost completely obliterating the normal architecture of the kidney. The kidney has hydronephrosis secondary to the mass. This appearance is often seen with adenocarcinoma. Hemangiosarcoma is also a possibility. He was referred for nephrectomy.

I probably should pay more attention to this graphic at the dinner table. My family would appreciate it.
01/31/2021

I probably should pay more attention to this graphic at the dinner table. My family would appreciate it.

I probably should pay more attention to this graphic at the dinner table. My family would appreciate it.

Tough disease, good to be on the lookout for in your Boxer patients.
01/27/2021
Mending the Hearts of a Beloved Dog Breed

Tough disease, good to be on the lookout for in your Boxer patients.

Suzanne Cunningham, a veterinary cardiologist and associate professor at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, was nine years old when she lost her first boxer dog suddenly to heart disease. The breed is prone to a type of heart disease called arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC)...

A new oral drug approved by the FDA for treating lymphoma in dogs.  Sounds like a helpful option.
01/12/2021
FDA conditionally approves first oral tablet to treat lymphoma in dogs | Vet Candy

A new oral drug approved by the FDA for treating lymphoma in dogs. Sounds like a helpful option.

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration conditionally approved Laverdia-CA1 (verdinexor tablets) to treat dogs with lymphoma, a type of cancer of the lymph nodes and lymphatic system. Laverdia-CA1 works to prevent certain proteins from leaving the nucleus of cancer cells, thereby allowing these

Little “Bud” was so good for his ultrasound at Stephens City Animal Hospital.  He actually fell asleep at one point 🙂 Lo...
12/03/2020

Little “Bud” was so good for his ultrasound at Stephens City Animal Hospital. He actually fell asleep at one point 🙂 Loved him ❤️

Little “Bud” was so good for his ultrasound at Stephens City Animal Hospital. He actually fell asleep at one point 🙂 Loved him ❤️

Happy Veterans Day!
11/11/2020

Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veterans Day!

Kimee says Happy National Cat Day ... or not because... cat
10/29/2020

Kimee says Happy National Cat Day ... or not because... cat

Kimee says Happy National Cat Day ... or not because... cat

10/26/2020
Ureterocele

Have you ever seen a bladder within a bladder? This is a ureterocele, which is a cyst at the ureteral opening. It’s an uncommon finding, usually congenital. Sometimes associated with ectopic ureter and hydronephrosis. This was from a 3 yr old female lab who had been having hematuria, pollakiuria and dribbling urine.⠀
Yet another reason to ultrasound those difficult bladder cases.
#vetimaging #veterinary #vetmedicine

Thoracic Ultrasound.  Get more information about your patient for only an additional $30 (as an add on for ultrasound or...
10/01/2020

Thoracic Ultrasound. Get more information about your patient for only an additional $30 (as an add on for ultrasound or echocardiogram).

You’d be amazed how much more information can be obtained about your patient. See more at my website www.potomacmvu.com under interesting cases.
#vetimaging #vet

Thoracic Ultrasound. Get more information about your patient for only an additional $30 (as an add on for ultrasound or echocardiogram).

You’d be amazed how much more information can be obtained about your patient. See more at my website www.potomacmvu.com under interesting cases.
#vetimaging #vet

Thoracic Ultrasound:Get more information about your patient for only $30!(As an add-on for abdominal ultrasound or echoc...
10/01/2020
Thoracic Ultrasound

Thoracic Ultrasound:

Get more information about your patient for only $30!
(As an add-on for abdominal ultrasound or echocardiogram).

You'd be amazed how much more information can be obtained about your patient from thoracic ultrasound. Learn more here:

https://potomacmvu.com/interesting-cases/f/thoracic-ultrasound

#veterinarymedicine #vetultrasound #vetmedical #VetImaging

Ultrasound of the thorax can provide a wealth of information. You can evaluate the lungs, heart, and mediastinum. It can be used to diagnose pneumothorax, pleural effusion, pericardial effusion, "wet-lung" (seen in con...

From an ultrasonographer’s point of view, this is very true 🤣
09/29/2020

From an ultrasonographer’s point of view, this is very true 🤣

From an ultrasonographer’s point of view, this is very true 🤣

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

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

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 a**s. 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 a**l gland adenocarcinoma metastasized from the peria**l 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

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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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