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CT Scan for Pets

Computed tomography (CT) Computed tomography (CT)

Top-notch imaging via 16-slice CT scanner

We're excited to share our state-of-the-art new 16-slice CT scanner with our veterinary community. The service is referral-based only. If your pet might need a CT scan, please get in touch with your primary veterinarian, and we will be happy to work directly with you and your clinic to make sure your pet will get the care it needs in a timely fashion.

What is a CT scan for pets?

Computed tomography (CT) for pets uses helical x-rays to produce multiple images of body regions and thus provide thin, highly detailed cross-sectional "slices" for viewing. Your primary vet or a specialist may order a CT scan for your pet when they want a closer, detailed look at your pet's particular organ, muscle, bone, or another body part.

Why and when you should consider a CT scan for your pet?

• CT scan for pets is one of the best tools for studying the chest and abdomen because it provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all tissue types. The CT scan provides excellent detail of the internal anatomy and much more information than a simple radiograph.

• CT scans in pets are often the preferred method for assessing many different cancers. The images allow the veterinarian to confirm the presence of a tumor and measure its size, precise location, and extent of involvement with other nearby tissue.

• A CT scan in your pet will help plan and facilitate the surgical approach and minimize surgery time, especially important for liver and pulmonary tumors.

• A CT scan is a vital tool for understanding the extent of canine and feline cancers and planning for treatment.

• A CT scan of your pet also helps veterinarians understand orthopedic abnormalities (such as elbow dysplasia and bone deformities) and plan for corrective procedures.

• CT scans in dogs and cats are also invaluable in diagnosing and treating spinal problems and injuries to the skeletal structures. It can clearly show even tiny bones as well as surrounding tissues such as muscle and blood vessels.

CT scans for pets are nearly identical in their use to those done for humans. The equipment, including the machine, is mostly the same as for humans. The only difference in procedure is that most pets require brief anesthesia to keep them completely still throughout the imaging procedure.

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What to expect on the day of the procedure

On the day of the procedure, your pet will usually have feeding held off the night before the exam is to be conducted. Once your pet is under anesthesia for the scan, they are positioned by a technician. Then, the operators step into a separate room to run the scan.

There is a large window through which we can monitor the pets. Our CT scans only take about 20-30 seconds. The entire procedure—from going under anesthesia to waking up—takes about 30-45 minutes. If your pet needs a contrast study, we will scan twice — once for a normal CT study and once after injection of the contrast medium that will help the radiologist observe the uptake of contrast in the affected tissues.

The cost of a CT scan for pets

The cost of a CT scan for pets depends on the complexity of the scan and the study; the average price at OREV, Specialty Vet Care is between $1000-$1500. For additional information, please free to call us at 503-477-7122.

CT Scan for Buddy the Cat

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Buddy is a 12yr black cat; he came to OREV after being diagnosed with a type of cancer called hemangiosarcoma in the neck region. Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer that is derived from blood vessels. It is invasive cancer that can grow into surrounding structures.

A CT scan of the head/neck was recommended to determine the extent of cancer in the neck region and determine if surgery is possible. In addition, we can complete a CT scan of the chest and abdomen to rule out metastasis (spread of cancer through the bloodstream) to the lungs and other internal organs.

The results will tell us the stage of Buddy's hemangiosarcoma (the stage is the full extent of cancer in the body) and determine the most effective treatment for his cancer.

CT Scan for Alfred the Dog

CT Scan of a Dog

Alfred, a young giant breed dog came to OREV after he has been having a persistent intermittent forelimb lameness. Exam findings revealed elbow sensitivity, and radiographs had subtle signs of changes in the elbows. Elbow dysplasia, a hereditary condition causing abnormal growth that affects the elbows, was suspected. A CT scan of the elbows was recommended to determine whether elbow dysplasia was present, assess the extent of the condition, and tentatively plan surgical treatment.

Alfred Dog CT Scan recipient

The CT scan we performed revealed elbow dysplasia in both elbows, with medial coronoid disease (a common component of elbow dysplasia) present, further elaborating that the right elbow has fragmented coronoid and the left elbow has fissuring of the coronoid. The information was valuable in understanding Alfred's condition, and it allowed honing the minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery that was then implemented for Alfred.