What are veterinary CT/CAT Scans?
CT/CAT (computed tomography) scans combine X-ray imaging and computer technology to produce high-definition images of your dog or cat's soft tissues and skeletal system with minimal exposure to radiation. It allows our veterinarians to evaluate masses, spinal cord injuries, and dental health problems, as well as identify and locate foreign bodies.
In the past few decades, CT has become an essential diagnostic imaging tool in veterinary medicine, and at our Stuart animal hospital.
It was historically used to capture images of the brain but CT has now evolved to allow us to study all the areas in your pet's body, including the skull, spine, nasal cavity, abdominal organs, musculoskeletal system, thorax and extra-thoracic structures.
What is the difference between CT/CAT Scans and X-rays?
CT/CAT Scans provide far more detail than traditional X-rays and are important tools in surgical planning for liver tumors, pulmonary tumors, cancers and other conditions. They can tell us the precise location of the tumor and help minimize surgery time.
How do CT/CAT Scans work for pets?
CT/CAT Scans combine multiple X-ray images to generate cross-sectional views and/or 3D images of your pet's internal organs.
This fast, painless and safe X-ray procedure allows for detailed visualization of bone, lungs, cartilage and soft tissue structures.
Your pet will likely need to be sedated or anesthetized to ensure high-quality diagnostic results.
These images can then be interpreted to identify abnormalities and recommend appropriate medical surgery, therapy or other effective treatments.