Computed Tomography or CT is another important part of our diagnostic imaging arsenal. The UF Veterinary Hospitals have a state-of-the-art Aquilion Toshiba 160-slice multidetector-row CT scanner with the capability of scanning small animal and, using a specially designed table, large animal patients. Due to their large size, our large animal patient studies are limited to the skull and lower extremities.
CT uses x-rays to create a cross-sectional image of all tissue types of the body region scanned. This is achieved by imaging thin slices of the patient, similar to slicing a loaf of bread. This form of imaging, tomography, provides the radiologist much more information about the patient than conventional radiography by eliminating the superimposition of structures that often complicates interpretation of radiographic studies.
Common applications include:
- Fracture Evaluation
- Angular Limb Deformities
- Disc Disease/Spinal Cord Compression
- Metastatic Evaluation
- Tumor Characterization
- Vascular Studies