Ultrasound - Pathology

Ultrasounds are routinely performed in live stranded, rehabilitation and captive-maintained cetaceans and pinnipeds as part of their health assessment

Renal gas

Renal ultrasound
Renal ultrasound

Renal gas

Pulmonary lesion - granuloma

Renal gas


Renal gas and calculi in dolphins

Renal calculi in sea lions

Hepatic lipidosis

Granulomatous pneumonia

Renal gas has recently been described without apparent clinical significance in mass-stranded dolphins.

Urinary calculi are seen with some frequency among captive dolphins and sporadically in free -ranging pinnipeds.

Hepatic lipidosis, characterized by a hyperechogenic liver that is hyperattenuating, is shown and was diagnosed in a stranded and malnourished  pilot whale.

Ultrasound can be very useful for evaluating the pleural space and peripheral lung. Lung lesions extending to the visceral pleura can often be identified.