For most diagnostic imaging procedures, anesthesia is necessary to keep your pet still. During the procedure, a licensed veterinarian monitors your pet's vital signs. However, for docile feline patients, a CT scan may be performed without anesthesia by placing them in a special tank. In this case, a series of thin image slices are captured of the area of interest. A contrast medium containing iodine may also be injected into an intravenous catheter to enhance CT visualization of blood vessels or structures such as ureters or sharpen the margins of tumors or other lesions.
After the CT scan, your pet will have a brief post-anesthesia recovery period. Our radiologists will discuss the CT scan findings with you and relay them to your veterinarian. In addition to a written report, the radiologist will provide your veterinarian with access to the complete study for review. We understand the importance of accurate diagnosis and treatment, and we are committed to working closely with your veterinarian to provide the best possible care for your pet. Contact us to learn more about our veterinary imaging services, including CT scans.
A CT exam process not including anesthesia can take about 45 minutes to an hour.
In most cases a radiologist will review the CT Scan on the same day.
Yes, A licensed veterinary professional will administer the anesthesia and monitor your pet's vitals.
The contrast solution will be administered via IV at a specific time, and The CT scanner will perform a series of scans to watch the solution progress through the body. Contrast solutions are very safe.
Before, during, and after the scan, staff trained in administering and monitoring anesthesia will monitor your pet, constantly checking their status, including ECG, Spo2, CO2, blood pressure, Heart rate, and Respiratory rate.
A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of your body's bones, blood vessels, and soft tissues. (mayoclinic.org)