Sound Wave Imaging (SWI) is an innovative mobile ultrasound imaging method based in Worcestershire, giving state-of-the-art first accurate abdominal, thoracic and cervical spine ultrasound imaging for cat and canine patients Sound Wave Imaging. The diagnostic procedures are provided by fully-trained and experienced radiologists who perform procedures on-site or in the field using state-of-the-art equipment. They also offer minimally invasive techniques such as Laser Centesis, fine needle aspiration, and traditional ultrasound. The clinical team is led by Dr. Paul Croucher, G.Sc. EPI, F.A.C. C.V.S.
Sound Wave Imaging
There are many advantages of Sound Wave Imaging. It is an easy, non-invasive procedure and does not require any incisions, which makes it ideal for feline and canine patients suffering from cardiomyopathy. Cardiomyopathy is a condition that results due to a decreased activity of the heart muscles or atriums, leading to increased fluid retention and decreased blood flow leading to cardiovascular disease.
The traditional medical methods used to assess and treat this disease involve various techniques, such as coronary angiography, electrocardiogram (ECG), ultrasound, chest x-ray, and transcutaneous radiofrequency ablation. These procedures have been found to be ineffective in many cases where the cause of cardiomyopathy has not been diagnosed conclusively. SWI offers reliable non-invasive diagnostic and treatment options for feline and canine cardiomyopathy.
The clinical applications of this non-invasive ultrasound imaging technique include the detection and localization of abnormalities in the abdomen, breastbone, heart, pelvis, and kidney. For example, sound wave imaging can be used for the localization of enlarged and stiff kidneys, and abnormal growth of the thyroid gland in cats, and detection and localization of acoustic neuroma in the neck, legs, ears, eyes, kidneys, spleen, and pancreas. Ultrasound imaging may also be used to detect tumors in the lungs, gallbladder, liver, stomach, gallbladder, pancreas, and prostate.