Ultrasound – and particularly portable ultrasound – is transforming the world. It’s arguably the most rapidly evolving imaging technology we have. The observation that it is becoming more and more affordable and accessible is in no way unique to dog pregnancy scanning. It’s a challenge – or an opportunity – that is being played out across a number of fields. Professionals have been fighting this pressure for many years, feeling that as ultrasound falls into the hands of more and more people, their niche is being threatened. In the veterinary world, it’s a fear......
Larger vet hospitals are beginning to look into the potentials of portable ultrasound as a screening tool, in the hands of their non-specialist vets or even their vet nurses. For smaller practices though, budgets either do not allow for the introduction of ultrasound equipment, or if there is a machine, only one or two vets know how to use it. The vision of portable ultrasound as the modern-day stethoscope has certainly not yet been realised in the veterinary world. In the human realm, this has become a reality in a number of emergency departments......