Imaging of the Canine Reproductive Tract
Pregnancy diagnosis can be performed as little as 20 days after the
insemination via ultrasound. When scanning around this time we are able
to estimate litter size and assess viability via heart beat visualisation.
This is especially important when monitoring high-risk, high pressure and
Radiography can be performed 1 week prior to due date to confirm litter size.
UTERINE AND OVARIAN IMAGING
In cases of female infertility it is often essential to visualise the internal
reproductive organs on ultrasound. This allows us to confirm their presence,
as well as determine if there are any abnormalities present such as cystic
ovaries or a cystic uterine lining that may be influencing cycling and conception.
TESTICULAR & PROSTATIC IMAGING
Following a history of male infertility or an abnormal semen assessment the
next step is usually visualisation of the testicles and prostate via ultrasound.
Testicular imaging allows us to visualise any masses (e.g. cysts, tumours,
blockages) or abnormal internal regions of the testicle that are affecting
semen production and fertility.
Prostatic imaging helps us to assess the health of the prostate (which is often
very poor in older males, just like humans!) for enlargement, the presence of
an abscess or the presence of tumours.