When ultrasounding small ruminants transabdominally, we recommend using the C-60 T Handle Probe, which can be plugged into our Flexx machine. Lack of contact is the number one problem that we see in small ruminant applications- remember, ultrasounds cannot read through air, hair, mud, or lanolin. It’s important to use plenty of alcohol or lube (either applied to the skin or directly onto the probe head) to get the best image possible.
Place the probe in the area underneath the flank, between the leg and the abdomen, and aim it towards the opposite hip. When placing the probe in the inguinal area, position it so that it is parallel to the body, and once you have scanned around the bladder, rotate the probe 90 degrees to be perpendicular to the body, and scan cranially.
Check out the video below to to hear some small ruminant ultrasounding tips from Dr. Brett Terhaar!