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Diagnostic Imaging For Felines

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Veterinary diagnostic imaging includes radiographs (x-rays), ultrasound, endoscopy, and CT scans, all of which are used as diagnostic tools to collect information on your cat.

 


 

 

The Four types of Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging our veterinarians may utilize to assist in the diagnosis of your cat's condition are:

  • X-Rays
  • Ultrasounds
  • Endoscopy
  • CT Scans

 


 

CT scans are computer enhanced cat x-ray procedures most often used to evaluate complex parts of the body, such as the head, chest, joints, and internal organs.

CT scans show different levels of tissue density and produce more detailed images than x-rays. Unlike MRI's, CT scans for cats do not use magnetic field waves, so they cannot compare changes in fluid levels due to inflammation or bleeding. Therefore, CT scans for cats are used when an MRI is considered unnecessary, but a traditional x-ray is inconclusive or insufficient.

 


 

CT scans for cats usually proceed as follows:

  • Cats must be sedated for this procedure because they cannot be restrained by humans and must remain still during the procedure.
  • The cat is placed on a motorized bed inside of a CT scanner, a machine that takes a series of x-rays from various angles*
  • When one series, or scan, is completed, the bed moves forward, and another scan is taken.
  • A computer uses these scans to create cross-sectional images of the body part under investigation and then display the images on a monitor (An x-ray dye may be injected intravenously to make it easier to see abnormalities)
  • By sequentially scanning an entire body area, an organ or other structure can be imaged without invasively penetrating the body or disrupting neighboring structures.

 


 

CT scans for cats are most often used by our veterinarians to detect structural changes deep within a cat's body, including:

  • Tumors
  • Deep abscesses or foreign body presence
  • Fractures

 


 

If you would like to schedule an appointment, call 2505-2505 or Whatsapp us at 6828-6620, and we will promptly get back to you.

 

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