Cornell University Hospital for Animals offers outpatient abdominal and non-cardiac thoracic ultrasound studies for small animals. Examinations are by appointment between 9am to 4pm, Monday through Friday, as the schedule permits. These are ultrasound-only appointments; consults with other specialties will not be possible. Since this is an outpatient service, invasive procedures such as biopsies or aspirates will not be performed and sedation will not be given. If a patient is poorly behaved or difficult to restrain, the ultrasound may not be performed. Clients are encouraged to be present during the study and results will be discussed and explained during the examination. A report will be sent to the referring veterinarian by fax or email within 24 hours. If emergent problems are discovered, the patient has the option of being transferred to the CUHA emergency service.
Veterinarians should call 607-253-3240 (9am to 5pm) to schedule an appointment for their patient. Please allow at least one day between the time of call and the appointment, though attempts will be made to accommodate same-day requests when possible. The patient should be fasted the morning of the ultrasound, unless contraindicated. Water can remain available. If the organ of interest is urinary bladder, patients should be restrained from urinating for at least 4 hours prior to the study.
Please send your client with a copy of the patient's rabies vaccination or fax it directly to the attention of the ultrasound service at 607-253-3788. The ultrasound exam fee is $270 which includes the medical record fee. If you have additional questions regarding this service please call 607-253-3240.