Exams, Preps & Prices

Exam Descriptions


Includes all the intra-abdominal organs: Liver, gallbladder, spleen, kidneys, pancreas, adrenals, bladder, GI tract, lymph nodes, major vessels and mesentery.

The abdomen may be shaved. See preparation instructions below.


Routine cardiac measurements will be obtained and blood flow evaluated with color flow and spectral doppler.

Both sides of the chest may be shaved.

Non-cardiac Thoracic

This should be requested when a full cardiac evaluation is not required, eg. a lung mass is seen on X-ray.

One or both sides of the chest may be shaved.

Double Cavity

Abdominal and chest cavities or two separate exams are included.

Shaving as above.


This study focuses on bladder, kidneys, prostate, testicles, uterus (pregnant or not), and ovaries, as the history indicates.

Lower abdomen may be shaved.

Note: Pregnancy U/S should be requested after 25 days gestation to be accurate.

Gestational age and number of fetuses can be estimated.

Limited Study

Followup or Superficial

This is offered for superficial structures such as those in the neck, limbs, odd lumps, etc. and for serial followup of a particular abnormality seen on an ultrasound done within 3 months prior.

Fine Needle Aspiration

Ultrasound-guided aspiration is performed by the sonographer under the supervision of the veterinarian.

Please ensure adequate platelet count before FNA.

More About Aspiration


Still images and videos will be transmitted to a veterinary specialist, ie. radiologist or cardiologist as appropriate.

The report will be faxed or emailed back to the referring clinic.

More About Telemedicine

Travel Fees

Will be charged to veterinary clinics outside the areas of Greater Victoria, Sooke, Sidney and Mill Bay.

Please complete CVUES Request Form before the start of exam. Forms are available from Christine Devlin.

Note: If you are a pet owner or breeder seeking an ultrasound, please contact your veterinarian to book an appointment.


  • All Abdomen U/S patients should be fasted 12 hours unless contraindicated; and others in case of sedation.
  • Barium studies will interfere with ultrasound if done within 3 days prior.
  • Do not allow patient to empty bladder within 2 hours before exam.
  • If it is likely the animal will not be relaxed, please be prepared with a sedation plan.   This will allow for better imaging and a more complete study.




  • A staff member should be present to restrain the animal. Owners may assist as well if they are helpful. If chemical restraint is necessary it will be provided and administered by the referring veterinary staff.
  • A copy of the images in DICOM format wil be archived at CVUES.
  • CVUES will not provide any diagnosis, except by telemedicine, but we will be happy to discuss the findings of the ultrasound with the referring veterinarian.

The referring veterinarian bears the responsibility for any diagnosis reached as a result of the ultrasound study.

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A price list can be requested in person from Christine or by email at info@cvues.ca.