Each of our farm animal branches has at least one ultrasound scanner, several of which are battery operated so can be used where access to electricity is difficult.
The main use for these machines is for pregnancy diagnosis in cattle which can be performed safely, quickly and with good accuracy from five weeks gestation. We also have a scanner suitable for sheep pregnancy scanning and Joe Henry has scanned several flocks over the last few years. Whilst there are a lot of lay sheep scanners in the area, the advantage of a vet doing the scanning is that geld ewes can have investigations performed on the same day. This machine is occasionally used for goats, camelids, pigs etc too.
Occasionally, the machines are used to scan lumps and bumps to help determine the diagnosis and possible treatment options for example; lameness cases, abscesses, tumours etc.