Diagnostic imaging technology enables veterinarians to examine pets internally, aiding in the detection of tumors, spinal cord diseases, bone conditions, and a number of other conditions. Memphis Veterinary Specialists is pleased to be the only veterinary facility in Western Tennessee equipped with an on-site computed tomography scanner (CT or CAT scan). A CT scanner is an advanced, non-invasive, and painless diagnostic imaging tool that provides anatomical information about a pet. We also have pet ultrasound and digital X-ray capabilities, offered by a veterinary radiologist and two board-certified internists.
How Does CT Scanning Work?
CT scan technology—which is connected to our sophisticated, state-of-the-art imaging software—allows us to view various internal parts of a pet’s body by producing 3D images. To produce an image, an X-ray tube is rotated around the patient while very narrow X-ray beams are sent through the body. Numerous exposures are then recorded on an array of X-ray detectors, which send the signals to a computer for processing. The computer composites the data, one “slice” of tissue at a time, into an image that can be examined by our radiology specialists.
Contrary to traditional X-rays, CT scans provide better variation of soft tissues because the contrast can be controlled by a technician. A contrast dye can be injected into the patient’s bloodstream to provide even greater detail, if necessary.
What Conditions Can a CAT Scan Detect?
Our surgeons frequently use CT scanning technology for a number of purposes, including the planning of surgical approaches and procedures. They also use it for diagnosing diseases/conditions of the:
- Nasal cavity
- Middle/inner ear
- Spinal cord
CT scan technology can also be used for the detection of cancer (CT exams of the chest and abdomen), determining treatment plans for complex cases, and detecting tumors in their early stages. Finding a tumor early allows us to pinpoint its location for a future examination, removal, or biopsy.
Our CT scanner serves as a valuable resource for Memphis area veterinarians. If your veterinarian has diagnostic imaging for your companion, ask him/her if Memphis Veterinary Specialists would be a good choice for the task. Our goal is to provide continuity of care, compassion, and the highest quality specialty care available for all of our patients.