Computed Tomography (CT)
Computed tomography (CT) uses x-rays at different angles to produce images of the inside of the body. These thin, cross-sectional views are referred to as “slices”. CT scans of bone, soft tissue and internal organs provide much more detail than traditional x-rays.
Computed Tomography can be the preferred method for diagnosing many different cancers. It not only helps determine the exact location of a tumor, but also the extent of the tumor's involvement with other nearby tissues. It has proven to be significantly useful in identifying skeletal abnormalities and evaluate fracture sites due to its ability to show even the smallest bone fragments. We currently are using this ability to visualize 3D models of skeletal structures to help plan for repair of bone fractures.
The staff at Central Kentucky Veterinary Center is currently using CT for:
Evaluate nasal cavity for cancer or other abnormalities.
Diagnoses of metastatic cancer in the chest and abdomen.
Diagnose liver shunts, and other congenital abnormalities.
Diagnoses disorders of bones and joints such as elbow dysplasia, and osteochondrosis (OCD).