A computed tomography scan, or just a CT scan, is a highly useful tool when taking a closer look at your pet’s organs, muscles, bones, or other internal body parts.
A computed tomography (CT) machine uses X-rays to take multiple images of inside your pet’s body and provides small, cross-sectional pieces for viewing which can be combined to construct a three-dimensional model and provide excellent detail of your pet’s internal organs, bone, blood vessels, and soft tissue. This also provides more detail than the traditional X-ray would be able to do.
A computed tomography scan is very useful for detecting and diagnosing any problems your pet may have. A CT scan can help diagnose cancer in the lungs or nasal cavity, abnormalities in blood vessels, kidney stones, and elbow dysplasia, plan and administer radiation treatments for tumors, and is used as a guide for biopsies, minimally invasive surgeries, and plan surgery for your pet.
A CT scan is often the preferred method for diagnosing in many cases because it provides detailed and cross-sectional views of tissue, the exact size, location, and involvement of tumors with different close by tissue, and visuals of small bones and blood vessels.
A CT scan is highly preferred in many cases to diagnose your pet because it provides a detailed and cross-sectional view of tissue, the exact size, location, and involvement of tumors with different close by tissue, and clearly shows small bones and blood vessels. This allows your vet to properly diagnose and create a plan for proper treatment.
CT scans are a process of taking multiple X-rays from different angles in “slices” and then once it obtains these it displays them in a cross-section of the area which allows for a three-dimensional picture. Unlike an X-ray (which is only two-dimensional), a CT scan allows your veterinarian to have a complete picture of the structure. Because an animal cannot be asked to lie still for the duration of the procedure, your pet will need to be under anesthesia for the duration of the scan. A major advantage of CT is its ability to image the internal organs, bones, soft tissue, and blood vessels and provide greater detail than traditional X-rays, particularly of soft tissues and blood vessels.
CT scanning is painless, noninvasive, and accurate. CT examinations are fast and simple. They can quickly identify injuries to the lungs, heart, vessels, liver, spleen, kidneys, bowel, or other internal organs. It is also a cost-effective imaging tool for a wide range of clinical problems. No radiation remains in a patient's body after a CT examination.
A diagnosis determined by CT scanning may eliminate the need for exploratory surgery and surgical biopsy, but can also assist our surgeons to create a surgical plan that is best for your pet. CT Scans are booked by referral through your regular veterinarian.