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Our veterinarians may recommend performing ultrasound guided sampling, via either aspiration or biopsy, to obtain additional information. Samples obtained in this manner can help to characterize chronic diseases, such as liver disease, and can aid in the diagnosis of cancer. In these patients, the ultrasound is used to help guide a sampling device into the appropriate tissue for collection. These samples can then be submitted to a veterinary pathologist for interpretation.  

Ultrasound guided aspirates and biopsies typically require sedation to minimize patient discomfort. In some cases, aspirates or biopsies can be performed on the same day as the initial consultation. However, a second visit may be needed for this procedure. Patients are typically discharged the same day the procedure is performed.

Ultrasound can also be used to help facilitate fluid removal from body cavities such as the chest cavity (thoracocentesis), abdominal cavity (abdominocentesis) or heart sac (pericardiocentesis).  

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