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Veterinary Computed Tomography (CT)

Fresno Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Center is proud to announce the addition of the Vimago CT Scanner to our hospital!

What is Computed Tomography and how does it work?

Computed Tomography (CT) uses a rotating X-ray beam and computer technology to produce high quality images of numerous parts of the body.

As the X-ray tube passes around your pet, and the beams pass through your pet, a large number of computer detectors obtain and assimilate information. The information obtained is then viewed on a computer, and 3-D rendered.

Is CT safe for my pet?

The Vimago HD CT Scanner uses 60% to 70% less radiation than traditional CT scanners found in most veterinary hospitals. Like an X-ray, CT is not harmful to people or pets. General anesthesia or sedation is required during CT, as the pet must stay still for viable images.

How long does a CT Scan take?

A CT will typically take 30 minutes from anesthesia to scan completion. The time for a scan also depends on the number of sites scanned and if contrast is needed.

Why is CT expensive?

CT scanners are expensive to purchase, install, and maintain. CT scan prices include, not just the scan itself, but anesthesia or sedation, and the time of a trained technician to monitor your pet and run the scanner.

What are the indications for CT?

  • Skull Injury: identifies fractures and hemorrhage.

  • Elbows: diagnosis fragments in the joint.

  • Brain Scans: visualization of most brain tumors.

  • Ureter Evaluation: diagnosing ectopic ureters and urethral stones.

  • Spinal Cord Injury, Lumbosacral Disk Degeneration, and Disk Herniation: accurately diagnosis and locate injury area with contrast.

  • Nasal/Sinus Disease: differentiates neoplasia from rhinitis.

  • Soft Tissue Tumors: shows tumor margins for accurate removal.

  • Liver Shunts: diagnose intra-hepatic vs. extra-hepatic liver shunts.

  • Thoracic Met Check: more sensitive than X-rays.

The Referral Process

Once your family veterinarian has recommended a CT scan, contact our office at (559) 451-0800 to speak to one of our coordinators.

Typically, we request a copy of your pets medical record and radiographs before the procedure.  We will be happy to coordinate this with your veterinarian.

Scheduled CT Scans are performed Monday through Friday, 8am to 4pm, or by special arrangements.

Please remember to bring all the required paperwork and requested items during your appointment to avoid additional charges. Additional charges may apply to ensure the safety of your pet.