The Scan Pad is ideal for pregnancy scanning small animals, including dogs, cats and goats. First launched in the United Kingdom in 2014, the Scan Pad is now in its second edition.
Below is a selection of goat pregnancy scans sent in by one of our clients in the USA:
Thanks to Julie Jarvis of Animal Cracker Farm, California, for allowing us to share this video.
The Scan Pad is the UK’s leading ultrasound machine for canine pregnancy scanning. Below is a compilation of some of our clients’ dog pregnancy scans:
What type of probe do I need with my ultrasound machine?
Your probe (or transducer) is the most important part of your ultrasound system, so it’s important that you understand the differences before you choose what to buy. Our most popular choices available on the Scan Pad, in order of popularity:
- Microconvex: Small footprint, with a frequency range of 3.5-7MHz, this probe covers almost all small animal applications. It’s ideal for pregnancy scanning dogs, cats, and even small goats.
- Convex: With a larger scanning surface than the microconvex, some dog breeders prefer that they can cover a larger area in a single sweep. However, the lower frequency range (2.5-5MHz) means that images with the large convex probe will not be as high resolution as the microconvex can achieve. For larger animals, such as giant breed dogs or large breed goats or pigs, the convex transducer is the ideal choice as the lower frequencies can penetrate more deeply.
- Linear Probe: The linear probe offers a very high frequency range of 6-9MHz. It’s the best choice for scanning close to the surface, such as tendon scanning, or abdominal scanning on slim dogs, cats, and scanning for eggs or follicles in reptiles, particularly snakes. The superior image quality achievable with a linear probe is striking, but it’s not a good option for general small animal pregnancy scanning and does not provide a sector image.
- Linear Rectal Probe: Also high frequency (6-9MHz), this probe is for rectal examinations in cows and horses. Please note that internal scanning of animals is illegal on cows in the UK without a DEFRA-approved exemption (contact us for more information on this), and illegal on horses unless you are a qualified veterinarian.
All Scan Pad transducers are at the top end of the entry level market, with 80 ceramic elements. Most equivalent systems from other manufacturers use 64 elements.