Computed Tomography

The UF Veterinary Hospitals have an Aquilion Toshiba 160-Slice Multidetector-row CT Scanner capable of scanning small and large patients. The large patients are scanned by using our specially designed table by ArtTech Imaging.

How it works

Using x-rays, a CT scan provides a cross-sectional image of all tissue types of the body region scanned. These images are obtained by making thin image slices through the patient, similar to slicing a loaf of bread. This form of imaging is called tomography and provides the radiologist much more information about the patient than conventional radiography. This cross-sectional imaging approach eliminates the superimposition of structures that interfere with radiographic studies.

CT is frequently used for imaging many disease processes such as cancer, fractures, lung disease, and vascular anomalies. CT also provides information for surgical and radiation treatment planning. Unlike radiography and ultrasound, tomographic imaging requires the patient to be anesthetized or heavily sedated for the examination. This allows the control of respiration and movement which is necessary to ensure the clearest and most accurate images.

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