Research Boulevard Pet & Bird Hospital is proud to announce that we now offer an advanced diagnostic imaging tool called CT (computed tomography) scanning. When our vets need a closer look at a part of your pet’s body such as their organs, bones, muscles or anything internal, we order a CT scan. While similar to an X-ray, CT scanning is a bit more invasive and much more detailed.
A CT scan obtains images of slices of a patient, which means they can go very small and can later be reconstructed into 3D models of the affected area, providing excellent detail of the internal anatomy. Plus, multi-slice scanning translates into shorter anesthesia time, and even allows some studies to be performed using sedation only.
Why Does My Pet Need a CT Scan?
CT scans help vets understand anomalies in your pet’s body and also help them plan for different surgeries. For example, if an animal has a tumor, a CT scan helps the doctor detect where exactly the tumor is in the pet’s body, as well as its relationship to neighboring structures—this ultimately assists vets in planning their surgical approach, so they can hopefully minimize surgery time.
CT scans also help veterinarians understand orthopedic abnormalities, tooth decay and abscesses, lung problems and poly-trauma (where multiple organs and systems are damaged).
Are CT Scans Safe?
There are no side effects to CT scans for pets. However, for procedures that require anesthesia, patients need to be monitored for a short period of time for any ill effects.