Ultrasound and Cardiac Workup Indications:
What is Computed Tomography?
Computed tomography is an advanced diagnostic imaging technique used in veterinary and human medicine. During a CT scan, the X-ray tube and detectors rotate around the patient collecting 3-dimensional data (images). These images can allow detailed examination of the scanned body part.
Computed Tomography Indications:
- Diseases of the skull including nasal cavity, inner and middle ear, jaw and dental structures.
- Diseases of the spinal cord including trauma, infections, tumors and spinal disc herniation.
- Diseases of the chest including tumors, lymph node enlargement and other conditions that cause abnormal air or fluid accumulation around the lungs
- Diseases of the abdomen including conditions that alter the size or function of any organ.
- Diseases of the urinary system including those that have led to urine leakage, hemorrhage or chronic urinary infections.
- Diseases of the musculoskeletal system including fractures, degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, osteochondritis dissecans, and neoplasia
- CT can be used to study blood flow in most parts of the body (called CT angiography) and can also be used to guide biopsy of lesions that cannot be reliably located with ultrasound imaging.
- Computed tomography is superior to other imaging modalities (X-rays) for detection of small lung nodules that may indicate the spread of cancer.
Payment for the CT scan (and associated fees) is required at the time of service. We are always happy to discuss a fee estimate with you, or your doctor, in advance. We prefer it when there are no surprises for you regarding fees and we will work hard to make sure our estimates are accurate and complete.