COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT SCAN)
Computed Tomography (CT) is a type of radiographic imaging procedure involving specialized X-ray equipment that takes 3 dimensional pictures of the body. This allows for a medical practitioner to view images of the body, organs, bones, etc., in slices, much like looking at a sliced loaf of bread.
A myelogram consists of injecting a radiopaque dye into the spinal cord allowing us to highlight and pinpoint the specific area of the spinal cord that is affected. This is indicated when you have acute back pain, suspect disc issues, or spinal cord cancer. Using a CT scanner to do this allows for greater detail than traditional radiographs. This procedure can change the course of treatment by determining if surgery is indicated or if medical management is a safe option.
While traditional radiographs do a good job at showing a fracture a 3D view allows your doctor to completely understand a fracture and best determine a treatment plan and get your pet back on its paws more quickly. Not all fractures are simple and some require a more complicated technique to fix them. This is especially true of pelvic fractures which are often fractured in multiple places and can be difficult to see on traditional x-rays.
Say goodbye to dental x-rays! In 18 seconds we can get a complete view of every tooth in your pet’s mouth and the surrounding bone. We can see any roots that are in the gums even if the crown is not visible which is especially useful for cats with resorptive lesions and if roots were left behind from previous dental extractions. CT can show us alveolar bone loss around the teeth before your pet is even showing that he/she is painful. In addition to the dental aspect we can get a full view of the skull. This allows for us to evaluate jaw fractures, any sinus issues including nose bleeds, and middle and inner ear problems.
Diagnosing an issue with the elbows and knees can be especially problematic when trying to do a traditional exam and x-rays. By injecting dye into the joint cavity and taking a CT scan we can fully highlight any ACL/CCL tears, elbow dysplasia, and cartilage tears.