CT is increasingly used in veterinary medicine to more effectively diagnose a variety of diseases. In many situations, it is more sensitive than radiographs. CT is particularly useful for evaluation of bony lesions, lungs, and nasal cavities. Typical CT studies that are submitted to Pixel Veterinary Imaging include:
- Oncologic Studies – surgical or radiation therapy planning
- Dual-phase Contrast CT – identification of portosystemic shunts, insulinomas, etc.
- Nasal Studies – tumor, infection, foreign body
- Orthopedic Studies – Elbows (most commonly for identification of elbow dysplasia), shoulders, joints, aggressive bony lesions, etc.
- Thoracic CT – Metastatic disease, pulmonary disease (neoplasia, lung lobe torsion, foreign body pneumonia, etc), pleural disease, heart base mass.
- Skull Studies – Dental disease, trauma (fractures, intracranial hemorrhage), temporomandibular joint disease.
- Spinal Studies –Trauma (vertebral fractures, luxations, spinal hemorrhage), infection (discospondylitis), or disc herniation (especially in conjuction with a myelogram).
However, there are also some significant disadvantages to CT, including higher cost, lack of availability, and need for general anesthesia or heavy sedation in most cases. If you are not sure whether a patient needs CT or another diagnostic imaging modality, always feel free to call us for advice. We are also available to help with consultations during purchase of a CT unit.