CT (Computed Tomography, also known as CAT scan) is a diagnostic tool that has long been essential in human medicine and now is vital in Veterinary Medicine.
We are accepting outpatient referrals for CT from veterinary practices nationwide
We have a Toshiba Aquilion 32 slice scanner in our dedicated CT building adjacent to our hospital in MyVet Lucan
What is CT scanning?
- A CT (Computed Tomography) scan is a high-speed diagnostic tool that uses a 360-degree X-ray beam to create detailed 2D and 3D images of the body.
- CT uses X-rays to create cross-sectional images. This is achieved by imaging very thin slices of the patient, similar to slicing a loaf of bread! This form of imaging, tomography, provides the radiologist with far more detailed information about the patient than conventional imaging modalities.
- CT scanning is fast, painless, non invasive and accurate.
- We see referrals on an outpatient basis. This means that you, the Primary Practitioner, retains control of your case. Your patient will be admitted and discharged by our dedicated radiology team. The images will be sent to a veterinary specialist in radiology who will write a detailed report which will then be sent to you. Effectively you can use our outpatient CT service as an extension of your own practice.
What’s done during the scan?
- Patients will be placed under sedation or general anaesthetic. The scan itself is very rapid and the animal will be closely monitored by our dedicated team of Vets and Veterinary Nurses.
- Sometimes a special contrast media (dye) needs to be injected into the veins in order to visualise soft tissue structures more clearly.
- The images require detailed expert interpretation so they will be sent to a specialist.
- A CT report will usually be available within a few days and these results will be sent to the referring Vet.
When to use a CT Scan:
- Orthopedic problems (joints, bones)
- Disorders of soft tissue structures and blood vessels
- Detecting and staging cancer
- Pathologies of the spine
- Disorders of the head
- Visualizing air containing structures such as the nose, throat and lungs
- Certain congenital disorders
- Portosystemic shunts
- Rabbit dental disease