Technical details

The machine is a Toshiba Aquilion 64 slice CT, which is a high image resolution system featuring a 72cm gantry, 48 mm coverage of patient anatomy per rotation and 64 slices at 0.5mm.

It is housed in a purpose-built ‘pod’ adjacent to the main building, with a dedicated 3-phase electrical supply and appropriate environmental and radiation controls.

Indications

Indications for CT imaging are wide and varied (as indicated by the table below).

Head and neck Nasal disease
Orbital swellings and masses
Facial swellings and masses
Head trauma
Dental disease
Middle/inner ear disease
Skull masses
BOAS assessment
Neck swellings and masses
Thorax Pleuritis
Diaphragmatic disease
Rib or sternal masses
Pulmonary metastatic disease
Mediastinal masses
Unresolved pleural or mediastinal effusion
Investigation of pneumomediastinum
Unresolved or spontaneous pneumothorax
Lung tumours
Tracheobronchial and mediastinal lymph nodes
Lung lobe torsion
Alveolar and interstitial lung disease
Abdomen/Pelvis Body wall masses
Liver masses
Portosystemic shunts
Abdominal lymph nodes
Abdominal masses of unknown origin
Ectopic ureters/investigation of urinary incontinence
Complicated or unresolved pancreatitis
Pancreatic masses
Insulinoma
Adrenal masses
Ureteral calculi
Hydronephrosis
Renal masses
Retroperitoneal effusions or masses
Intrapelvic masses
Musculoskeletal/Spine Vertebral anomalies and malformations
Discospondylitis
Lumbosacral disease
Pelvic and sacral fractures
Tarsal osteochondrosis
Bone tumours
Elbow dysplasia
Angular limb deformities
General Any oncologic disease
Metastatic screening/staging
Suspect occult infections or neoplastic disease
Draining sinus tracts
Suspected foreign bodies

Scottish Vet Referrals can offer this service as either part of a full referral to one of our clinicians or as a stand-alone service.

Imaging only referrals

For those vets requesting imaging only, we will liaise closely to determine the optimum protocol. This will include:

  • pre-anaesthetic blood testing when necessary
  • sedation/anaesthesia requirements
  • body area(s) to be scanned
  • use of contrast agent (with specific timings)

Images will usually be transferred to VetCT (https://www.vet-ct.com/gb/small-animal/ct-scan-reporting/). This company is a specialist veterinary teleradiology service and, if required, will provide full written reports in 1-4 days, or even sooner for urgent cases. For those vets wishing to perform their own interpretations, a link to the full set of DICOM images will be provided.

Ongoing management of these patients can then be the full responsibility of the referring veterinary practice.