We strive to provide our patients with the highest quality medicine and diagnostic testing, and are pleased to now offer CT scans as one of our diagnostic capabilities!
What is a CT?
CT, formerly called CAT scanning, has proven to be a powerful diagnostic tool in veterinary medicine. CT creates images of cross-sectional slices through the body. By examining these sections, we can evaluate small details inside the body. CT can help diagnose a variety of medical conditions in pets, including brain injuries, spinal cord problems, and bone injuries. CT is also very useful for diagnosing nasal or sinus tumors and infections.
Examples of studies that CT is very useful in assessing include:
Brain – Trauma with suspected fracture, neoplasia
Spine – Fractures, mineralized disc rupture, neoplasia, trauma from hit-by-car accidents
Nasal Cavity & Sinuses – Chronic nasal discharge and/or sneezing, nasal distortion/deformation, neoplasia
Orbit/Ocular – Orbital trauma with suspected fracture, neoplasia
Head/Neck – Dental-related neoplasia, head/neck trauma with suspected fracture
Chest Cavity – Metastatic screening, primary lung neoplasia, pneumothorax, lung lobe consolidation, chronic pneumonia, pleural effusion, mediastinal disease
Abdomen – obstructions, neoplasia, clarification and surgical planning for large organ masses (including liver, spleen, kidney, GI tract), investigation of suspected portosystemic shunts, – Upper urinary tract evaluation, ectopic ureter, renal/ureteral calculi,
Musculoskeletal – Elbow dysplasia, suspected incomplete ossification of the humeral condyles, complex fractures
Neoplasia – Surgical planning for tumor removal or debulking, lung metastasis screening
Cardiovascular – Pulmonary embolism
Other – General trauma
*For referrals – we will be happy to perform a CT scan and send the results to your family veterinarian.