We have a range of in-house diagnostic imaging techniques to support our referral services including digital X-ray, CT, visiting MRI, Ultrasonography and Endoscopy.
We perform the following procedures for your patients:
- Digital and contrast radiography (X-ray, MRI)
- Abdominal and thoracic ultrasonography
- Ultrasound assisted biopsies
- Gastroscopy and duodenoscopy
- Foreign bodies removal via endoscopy
- Endoscopic biopsies
We do not currently have access to a CT scanner but we are hoping to before the end of the year. Below is more information on what this will mean for the practice.
What is a CT scanner?
A CT (computerised tomography) scanner is a special kind of X-ray machine. Instead of sending out a single X-ray through your body producing a flat image, with CT several beams are sent simultaneously from different angles. The resulting images can be reconstructed using special computer software allowing a 360° view of the part of the body that has been scanned producing 2-dimensional or 3-dimensional images. These images are then used to help us achieve a diagnosis. Much more information is obtained from a CT scan than can be obtained from normal X-rays.
What is an MRI scanner?
The MRI scan uses magnetic and radio waves to create an image. Radio waves 10,000-30,000 times stronger than the magnetic field of the earth are sent through the body. These affect the body’s atoms, forcing the central part, the nucleus, into a different position. As they move back into place they send out radio waves which are picked up by the scanner and turned into a picture by a computer.
Is CT and MRI dangerous?
There are no known side effects or dangers connected with CT or MRI. The scan is not painful and animals cannot feel the scan. It is essential that the animal stays still during the scan and so they need to be sedated or anaesthetised for this. There are certain risks associated with this but your vet will perform a full examination of your pet prior to any imaging to minimise these risks.
CT price list
CT Scan Including General anaesthetic (inc VAT).
|CT scan single area||£500|
Interpretation of the CT image.
|Standard interpretation up to 4 days||£214.20|
|Up to 24 hours||+£63|
|Up to 3 hours||+£126|