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Top-notch imaging via 16-slice CT scanner

at OREV Specialty Vet Care

Computed tomography (CT) Computed tomography (CT)

What is a CT?

Computed tomography (CT) uses helical x-rays to produce multiple images of body regions, and thus provide thin, highly detailed cross-sectional “slices” for viewing.

Why and when you should consider a CT scan?

  • CT imaging is one of the best tools for studying the chest and abdomen because it provides detailed, cross-sectional views of all types of tissue.
  • CT imaging is often the preferred method for assessing many different cancers, since the images allow a veterinarian to confirm the presence of a tumor and measure its size, precise location and extent of involvement with other nearby tissue.
  • CT imaging also help veterinarians understand orthopedic abnormalities (such as elbow dysplasia and bone deformities), and plan for corrective procedures.
  • CT imaging is also invaluable in diagnosing and treating spinal problems and injuries to the skeletal structures because it can clearly show even very small 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 in humans. The equipment, including the machine, is mostly the same, and the only difference in procedure is that most pets require anesthetization in order to keep them completely still throughout the imaging procedure.