CT Scan

Computed Tomography (CT) scans use x-rays to acquire three-dimensional, cross sectional images of the body with high contrast resolution.This makes it an excellent diagnostic test to identify disease in the thorax, nasal cavity, and abdomen. CT scans are also an excellent modality to evaluate bone, and frequently other procedures such as a rhinoscopy and biopsies are performed based on the findings of the CT scan and the recommendations of the referring veterinarian.

A recent study in the Journal of College of Veterinary Radiology found that CT scans are five to six times more sensitive than radiography at detecting soft tissue nodules (metastasis) within the lungs. Identifying metastasis in the lungs with a CT scan can provide valuable information to guide pet owners and their veterinarians in the decision- making process for their pets. CT scans do require the patient to be anesthetized, since the patient needs to be completely motionless for the scan.The actual time to acquire images during the scan is very short, usually less than one minute. The whole procedure, including placing a catheter, anesthesia, and recovery time, can take one to two hours.




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