Vet Referral Procedure
To discuss a potential CT scan referral please email, call or complete the online referral form.
Information for clients
In special circumstances, a vet may refer your pet for a CT scan. CT Scans are exceptionally useful for diagnosing a variety of conditions as the resulting image shows the shape, size, density and texture of your pet’s bones and internal organs. As part of our commitment to providing the most advanced services to our patients Streatham Hill Vets has invested in its own in-house CT Scanner. Several members of our highly-skilled vet team have also undergone extensive training so we can interpret images quickly and more accurately, meaning we are able to diagnose your pet as soon as possible.
Reasons why CT Scans may be incredibly important are many, and include their ability to:
- Diagnose soft tissue injury
- Diagnose orthopaedic injuries
- Access better visuals on hard-to-reach-areas
- Identify tumours
What is a CT scanner?
A CT scanner is a special type of X-ray, but instead of sending a single x-ray the CT scanner sends several beams from many different angles. The resulting images are constructed into a highly detailed 360o image of the part of the body that was scanned. Much more detail can be obtained using a CT scan, improving diagnosis and treatment options for your pet.
Is it dangerous?
CT Scanners are non-invasive and will not inflict any harm or discomfort to your precious pet. They will be sedated by a highly qualified anaesthetist to ensure your pet stays still during the scan.
How long will it take?
The scan itself takes just a couple of minutes and the images and data will appear on a screen for a qualified member of the team to review. A full report may take up to 3 days to prepare.
Indications – not exhaustive:
- Nasal or sinus disease
- Soft tissue tumour staging and surgery planning
- Middle and inner ear imaging
- Skull trauma
- Elbows – diagnosis of MCT fragments
- Lung disease and thoracic met checks
- Evaluation of mediastinal and lung masses
- Imaging pituitary macroadenomas (present in 10% of of pituitary HAC cases
- Ureter evaluation – ectopic ureters and ureteral stones
- Complex fracture planning
- PSS diagnosis
- Major brain disease
- Spinal disease (if MRI not possible)
Watch how our CT scan can help you and your patients:
Mary Louise, MVB PGCertSAM
Mary Louise is experienced in advanced advanced ultrasound, complex medicine investigations, soft tissue surgery and has an advanced qualification in small animal medicine.
Molly is the Head Nurse at Streatham Hill Vets. Molly has an advanced nursing certificate in surgery. Molly has a keen interest in all areas of nursing and hopes to achieve advanced practitioner status in the coming years. Molly is currently pursuing a leadership/management certificate.
Paul is deputy Head Nurse at Streatham Hill Vets. Paul has an interest in Has an interest in imaging and surgery and will be pursuing an anaesthesia certificate.