This is an x-ray procedure that combines multiple x-ray images with the aid of a computer to generate cross-sectional views and/or three-dimensional images of the internal organs and structures of the body.
CT allows for detailed visualization of bone, cartilage, lungs, and soft tissue structures. These images are generated in far more detail than traditional x-rays and provide invaluable information for surgical planning. Occasionally, contrast material (an x-ray dye) is used to further enhance the scan.
Because movement during CT scanning will decrease the quality of the images, pets are either sedated or anesthetized to ensure high quality diagnostic results.
This technique is painless, fast, and can provide extremely accurate images which are then interpreted by a board certified radiologist. Once an abnormality is identified, appropriate medical therapy or surgery can be implemented.