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The benefits of CT

CT is a sophisticated form of x-rays that allows multiple "slices" through the body to be obtained and reassembled in 3 dimensions.

 

CT is particularly useful for looking at areas of the body where bony structures get in the way of x-rays; like the head and chest, and in very large or obese animals where the effectiveness of traditional radiographs and ultrasound may be limited.

We have a GE Lightspeed scanner that produces extremely high-resolution mages very quickly – sometimes allowing scans to be obtained under sedation rather than general anaesthetic. This is exactly the same CT as in use as in many human hospitals.

One advantage of our service is that we assess scans at the time and can therefore perform additional interventions including ultrasound or CT guided biopsy, bronchoscopy and rhinoscopy as part of the same procedure. CT improves the effectiveness of these tests.

Each scan produces 1000s of images that can take some time to review in detail therefore all our scans are fully interpreted and reported by a recognised specialist radiologist - usually within 24 hours. Although CT is more expensive than x-ray it usually provides far more information and more confidence in diagnosis therefore is very cost effective. 3d reconstructions allow for detailed assessment of fractures and masses and even the potential to make plastic models for surgical planning

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Thorax: Pulmonary (lung) disease

  • Pleural disease and effusions
  • Traumatic injuries & foreign bodies
  • Investigation of suspected lung masses
  • Investigation of mediastinal disease
  • CT angiography / vascular imaging
  • Screening for metastatic disease

Head: Investigation of nasal disease

  • Head and neck swellings
  • Inner ear disease
  • Dental disease, jaw fractures and luxation

Abdomen: Abdominal disease particularly patients >20Kg

  • Urogenital diseases, ectopic ureter investigation
  • Vascular anomalies and Porto systemic shunts
  • Traumatic injuries

Orthopaedic: Elbow and shoulder dysplasia

  • Assessment of complex fractures
  • Pelvic and spinal fractures
  • Investigation of bone neoplasia

Oncology Screening for metastatic disease (spread of cancer)

  • Staging of tumours
  • Pre-surgical planning
  • Neurological Assessment of disc disease

Traumatic head injury* Whilst CT has some use in assessment of traumatic brain injury and vascular brain injury generally MRI is the preferred modality for assessment of brain and spinal cord disease. Additionally these patients are also likely to benefit from assessment by a neurologist and we do not recommend CT as first line investigation.

CT has a multitude of uses – if you are unclear if it is appropriate of your case please call us.

CT is used by both cardio-respiratory and diagnostic imaging depending on further investigations required.

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