The clinic is equipped with a Scanner Helical Lightspeed Ultra 8 cuts General Electrics.
The examinations and image acquisitions made and read at the clinic are systematically transmitted via the digital network to the Centre d’Imagerie Médicale et de Cancérologie Vétérinaire Eiffelvet in Paris for immediate interpretation by a veterinary scanner who is the author of the first veterinary computed tomography atlas “Guide pratique du scanner en médecine et en chirurgie vétérinaire canine et féline” by Olivier KERAVEL.
A detailed report of the examination is given to the patient’s owner as well as to his attending veterinarian. This report is accompanied by a summary film and a CD or DVD containing all the images produced.
Computer-assisted axial tomography, otherwise known as X-ray scanning or simply scanning, is a medical imaging technique that allows radiographic images to be taken in anatomical sections perpendicular to the axis of the patient's body.
Axial Cuts - Lumbosacral Scanner of a dog - Sagital Reformatting. From the patient's native axial cuts, reconstruction software allows reformatting in all other planes (sagittal, coronal, or oblique). Finally, three-dimensional reconstructions can also be carried out with volume, surface, or endoscopic rendering.
Compared to conventional radiography, the scanner thus allows an overlay of anatomical structures and with a better contrast resolution.
Full body 3D reconstructions with volume rendering
A general anesthetic is necessary for our four-legged patients: it limits the movements during the examination and allows reliable diagnostic images to be obtained: in fact, the slightest movement can compromise the quality and precision of the image. The animal must be left in the morning on an empty stomach and collected in the evening.
When the animal "sleeps", it is placed on the scanner bed in the appropriate position.
The scanner examination is quick and painless, the animal is exposed only to low doses of radiation.
The anaesthesia time is relatively short and the patient is monitored throughout the procedure.
The examination normally takes place in two phases, the first phase of image acquisition without preparation, followed by a second phase after injection of an intravenous iodinated contrast medium. The contrast agent is used to enhance vascular structures and certain tissues (especially tumours). It is the comparison of the two series of images that makes it possible to refine the tomodensitometric diagnosis.
The scanner gives the possibility to diagnose certain pathologies earlier and more precisely than with other imaging techniques (ultrasound or radiography). Like humans, the scanner allows veterinarians to view and examine parts of the body that are usually difficult to assess with conventional x-ray images.
The areas most commonly explored by CT scans in animals are the skull, spine, thorax, abdomen and certain joints such as the elbow or shoulder.
Abdomen & Pelvis
- Regardless of the technique, the risk of anaesthesia accident, however low, remains non-zero.
- Given the injection of Iodine a renal check-up may be necessary.
- For older animals, a complete pre-anaesthetic check-up may be essential.
- Exceptionally, a severe allergic reaction may occur with the contrast material.
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