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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 you have consulted with your primary care veterinarian and they have referred your pet to our specialist, you will need to book an appointment through our homepage by selecting "Book Appointment." This is found in the upper right-hand corner of the homepage. 

For the safety of all hospital patients, all dogs and cats must be leashed, crated, or carried at all times. Retractable leashes must be locked at all times. Appointments/consultations are approximately 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of the case.