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CT (Computed Tomography)

Computed Tomography

Computed Tomography (CT Scan)

A CT Scan machine is an invaluable, non-invasive diagnostic tool that helps our specialists and general practitioners quickly arrive at a diagnosis and in turn recommend a treatment plan. A CT machine operates by positioning a patient on a movable table that passes through an opening in the machine called a gantry all while the machine quickly rotates around the patient. As it rotates it is obtaining several images from various angles in cross sections called slices (traditional radiographs or X-rays produce 2-dimensional images).

The CT computer then combines these cross sectional "slices" into 2D and 3-D images of the pet’s internal structures, allowing for very detailed evaluation of soft tissue, bone and blood vessels.

Computed Tomography
Computed Tomography

CT scans are a non-invasive, fast and advanced diagnostic tool used to evaluate conditions of the head, nasal cavity, ears, brain or spinal cord. They are also used to search for cancer, to evaluate the chest and abdomen, to determine the size of, and margins, of tumors, to guide procedures or surgery (prior to them taking place and in some cases determine whether or not they are necessary), and to diagnose certain bone or muscle disorders. All scans at OPVMC are interpreted by board-certified veterinary radiologists.

OPVMC is proud to have a 64 slice Toshiba Aquilion CT scanner. This state of the art CT scanner is similar to machines used in many human hospitals. The 64-slice quality will allow more rapid acquisition of crisp diagnostic studies with lower doses of radiation. The lower radiation exposure is safer for patients and staff. The minimal scan time provided by the machine will allow us to perform most evaluations with only sedation!

We work with an experienced board certified radiologist to evaluate all scans. Dr. Kumrow’s past experience with computed tomography scanners is complemented by a knowledgeable team of professionals at OPVMC, and outside sources contracted to assist with maximizing the diagnostic potential of our scanner. We consider this addition one of the many advancements that we are striving to achieve in order to continue to provide you and your clients with the best advanced veterinary care possible.

CT scans may be performed after referral to one of our specialty services, or if deemed necessary for emergent cases by our critical care service. If you are referring a patient because you think it would benefit from CT, please mention it in the referral summary sent with the patient, as you would for ultrasound, endoscopy, etc.