The September issue of Bay Woof includes an article about CT scanning in veterinary medicine, written by SFVS’s Margo Mehl, DVM, DACVS, and Philip Watt, BVSc, MACVSc, FACVS. The surgeons answer several questions about CTs:
- How does CT work?
- How can CT help your pet?
- What type of cases benefit from CT scanning?
Good candidates for CT scanning include dogs with nervous system disorders – such as seizures and behavior changes – or animals that have problems walking. CT also can be used if we suspect masses or tumors in the lungs or abdomen, and it is invaluable for imaging the brain. CT scanning has been used for ear and nose disease and can also help in determining difficult fractures of the head and spine.
At our clinic, San Francisco Veterinary Specialists (SFVS), CT scanning has been used extensively to image the spinal cord when a dog is paralyzed. This can happen when there is a “slipped disc,” when one of the discs between the backbones goes up and hits the spinal cord. The most common breeds that are affected by disc disease are the Dachshund, Shih-Tzu, and Pekingese. Occasionally, large breed dogs are also affected. If surgery is warranted, then it is important to operate within the first 24 hours from the onset of paralysis. Because it is critical in these cases to quickly decide where the disc is and whether it is best treated with surgery or medical therapy, CT helps us enormously with these cases.
Read the article: “CAT” SCANS ARE FOR DOGS, TOO
Related: Diagnostic Imaging at SFVS
Note: The issue also features a helpful article with tons of practical information on “Getting Your (Pet) Papers in Order.” Worth a read.