Computed tomography is an advanced diagnostic imaging technique used in veterinary and human medicine. During a CT scan, the X-ray tube and detectors rotate around the patient collecting 3-dimensional data (images). These images can allow detailed examination of the scanned body part.
Computed Tomography Indications:
Diseases of the skull including nasal cavity, inner and middle ear, jaw and dental structures.
Diseases of the spinal cord including trauma, infections, tumors and spinal disc herniation.
Diseases of the chest including tumors, lymph node enlargement and other conditions that cause abnormal air or fluid accumulation around the lungs
Diseases of the abdomen including conditions that alter the size or function of any organ.
Diseases of the urinary system including those that have led to urine leakage, hemorrhage or chronic urinary infections.
Diseases of the musculoskeletal system including fractures, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, osteochondritis dissecans, and neoplasia
CT can be used to study blood flow in most parts of the body (called CT angiography) and can also be used to guide biopsy of lesions that cannot be reliably located with ultrasound imaging.
Computed tomography is superior to other imaging modalities (X-rays) for detection of small lung nodules that may indicate the spread of cancer.
Scanning with Lakeland Veterinary Imaging:
Prior to Arrival
The CT scan will require a short period of general anesthesia for your pet. In preparation for this, we recommend the pet not be fed for at least 4-6 hours prior to their scan. It is generally not necessary to withhold water during this time unless specifically recommended by your veterinarian. Feel free to walk your pet if you believe a bathroom break is needed before the appointment (hint: this is a good idea in most cases).
When you Arrive
You will become acquainted with the Lakeland Veterinary Imaging team that will perform the CT scan on your pet. There will be time to answer additional questions about the procedure and complete required forms. The scan procedure will last from 45-90 minutes in most cases. Once the imaging procedure is complete, we will allow time for anesthesia recovery before contacting you to reunite with your pet at our office.
In most cases, an imaging diagnosis will not be available for several hours after the CT scan. The scan data is uploaded to your veterinarian or veterinary specialist and will (in most cases) also be provided to a veterinary radiologist for consultation in the case. We provide all interpretation and diagnostic information from the scan directly to your veterinarian or veterinary specialist. They will contact you regarding these reports with any diagnosis, prognosis or therapy recommendations.
Payment for the CT scan (and associated fees) is required at the time of service. We are always happy to discuss a fee estimate with you, or your doctor, in advance. We prefer it when there are no surprises for you regarding fees and we will work hard to make sure our estimates are accurate and complete.