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Outpatient CT Scan FAQ

Questions and answers for out patient CTOutpatient CT Scan FAQ

What happens once I “drop my pet off” for the day?

A technician will get vitals on your pet including heart rate, respiratory rate, body temperature and weight.

The veterinarian will review your pet's records from your referring veterinarian prior to the day of the scheduled CT.

A veterinarian will do a full physical exam to ensure your pet's vitals are normal and there are no physical exam abnormalities.

An intravenous catheter will be placed in one of the limbs (usually a forelimb) in order to give IV fluids and other medications during anesthesia. IV fluids will be started, and your pet will be set up with a comfy bed until it is time for their CT scan. Once the CT scan is completed and your pet has recovered from anesthesia, we will contact you to arrange a time for pickup (which will likely be in the afternoon).

Does my pet need to have general anesthesia for CT?

Yes. Your pet will be specifically positioned and must remain completely still for the entirety of the CT scan. An anesthetist will monitor your pet's vitals including heart rate, respiratory rate, blood pressure, EKG, and body temperature. Once the CT study is complete, general anesthesia will be discontinued and your pet will wake up within 5 to 10 minutes. They will be closely monitored until they are fully awake and ready to home.

When will I receive results of the CT study?

You will receive a CD with the CT study to take home or share with your referring veterinarian. Please keep this CD safe. Your referring veterinarian may ask that you bring the CD to their office so that they can view the images. The CT will be sent to a radiologist for interpretation and a complete report will be emailed to your referring veterinarian once available (typically 1-2 business days).