CT Scans for Pets: A Comprehensive Guide

If your furry friend has experienced trauma or illness related to their internal organs, you may have heard about CT scans (Computed Tomography) or CAT scans. These advanced scans have revolutionized modern human medicine by providing accurate diagnoses. But did you know that CT scans are equally valuable in veterinary medicine? They offer a more detailed look into your pet’s tissue and organ health. Let’s dive deeper into the world of CT scans for pets and discover why they are a game-changer.

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The Power of CT Scans

CT scanning in pets provides a three-dimensional view of their internal body. This cutting-edge technology enhances our ability to detect and treat various health conditions that affect our beloved animal companions. At Katten TrimSalon, our team of experts understands the significance of CT scans in diagnosing and treating our furry friends. We recommend a CT scan when thorough examinations and other tests fail to provide conclusive results.

How CT Scans Work

Computerized tomography, or CT, involves taking X-rays from different angles to obtain a cross-sectional image of the scanned area. Unlike traditional X-rays, CT scans provide a detailed 3D picture of your pet’s bodily structure. This innovative technology enables us to see inside your pet’s body, aiding in accurate diagnoses and treatment plans.

CT Scan

To ensure optimal scan quality, your pet will be gently sedated using anesthesia by our team of trained technicians overseen by our expert veterinarians. Sedation helps your pet remain calm and still throughout the procedure, ensuring accurate scan results. At Katten TrimSalon, our CT scans are overseen by board-certified veterinary radiologists and Dr. Sudhir Singh, ensuring the highest level of expertise and care.

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Once your pet is relaxed under sedation, they will be moved into the scanner, which resembles the picture below. Our state-of-the-art GE multi-slice CT machine allows for precise and detailed imaging. In some cases, a contrast dye may be administered intravenously to enhance visibility of soft tissues and blood vessels.

CT Scanner

The scanner’s spinning X-rays capture images, which are then processed by a computer and displayed on a monitor. The resulting image provides a realistic view of your pet’s internal organs. This entire process occurs in real time, allowing our team to swiftly analyze and interpret the scan results.

When Are CT Scans Needed?

CT scans are essential when problems with internal organs cannot be detected through simple X-rays or ultrasound. These sophisticated scans provide comprehensive visual details that are crucial in diagnosing various conditions, including:

  • Head trauma
  • Lung diseases
  • Nasal disease
  • Orthopedic conditions like joint degeneration and hip dysplasia
  • Middle and inner ear disorders
  • Tumors
  • Dental disease, including abscesses
  • Brain and spinal conditions

Referral Cases

We also welcome CT scan referrals in our Diagnostic Labs at Katten TrimSalon. Our cutting-edge diagnostic technologies, including our GE multi-slice CT scanner, combined with the expertise of our highly experienced staff, allow us to diagnose and manage a wide range of health conditions. The scanner is especially useful for angiograms, enabling visualization of blood vessels, arteries, and heart chambers.

Our dedicated team collaborates closely with referring veterinarians to provide additional diagnostic insights and manage the progression of diseases. If you require a CT scan for your pet, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are here to help.

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Remember, at Katten TrimSalon, we prioritize the well-being of your furry friends and strive to provide comprehensive and accurate diagnostic services.