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What is a CT Scan for a Dog?

If you need pet diagnostics, the veterinary professionals at Citrus Heights Pet Hospital are ready to assist you. We have years of experience providing Citrus Heights Residents with reliable diagnostic services, including pet bloodwork and CT scans. Our veterinarian will assess your pet’s condition and provide them with the necessary combination of pet diagnostics.

What is a CT Scan?

A CT scan is a computer-enhanced X-ray procedure that is used to evaluate complex parts of your dog's body such as the head, chest joints, and internal organs. A CT scan shows different levels of tissue density and produces a more detailed image than an x-ray. A CT is an excellent middle ground between a basic x-ray and a highly detailed MRI.  CT scans are used when an x-ray will not provide enough information but an MRI would be excessive.

Dogs usually need to be sedated to do a CT scan, since they have to remain still during the procedure and cannot be restrained by humans in the process. The dog will be placed on a motorized bed inside a CT scanner, which will perform multiple scans from different angles. The computer will use these scans to produce cross-sectional images of whatever body part is being examined. This can create images without invasively penetrating the body or causing disruptions to neighboring structures. In many cases, a CT scan will need to be performed alongside other diagnostic tools, such as pet bloodwork.

Pet Diagnostics in Citrus Heights

If you believe your pet would benefit from undergoing a CT scan, the veterinary professionals at Citrus Heights Animal Hospital are ready to assist you. For more information on CT scans, pet bloodwork, our other diagnostic services, or to schedule an appointment, call us at (916) 725-2700.

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