We have a range of in-house diagnostic imaging techniques to support our referral services including digital X-ray, CT, Ultrasonography and Endoscopy.
We perform the following procedures for your patients:
- Digital and contrast radiography
- Abdominal and thoracic ultrasonography
- Ultrasound assisted biopsies
- Gastroscopy and duodenoscopy
- Foreign bodies removal via endoscopy
- Endoscopic biopsies
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.
Is CT dangerous?
There are no known side effects or dangers connected with CT. 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.