The Animal Medical Center is excited about the installation of a new, upgraded CT scanner. We have replaced our previous single-slice unit with a much advanced 64-slice unit, similar to the equipment used in high-end human hospitals.
The benefits of this new scanner include decreased scan time and improved image quality. The decreased scan time reduces or eliminates the need for general anesthesia while scanning. This anesthesia-free protocol is much safer for our patients needing advanced imaging. The 64-slice CT scanner acquires more information in less time, and actually exposes the patients to less radiation than the smaller slice scan machines. Less radiation is, of course, safer for our patients.
Finally, the improved image quality of our new CT scanner allows for real-life, 3-dimensional illustrations of patient anatomy. Three-dimensional and multi-planar reconstructions of structures like the head, chest and bones provide exquisite detail for improvements in diagnosis and treatment planning.
The Animal Medical Center is one of the few animal hospitals in the world to have such a powerful machine dedicated solely to animals.
3-D reconstruction of the middle ears and temporomandibular joints of a dog with difficulty chewing and opening its mouth. The tympanic bulla and temporomandibular joint on the right are irregular in shape and size relative to the left (R denotes right). The middle ear infection was so extensive that it extended rostrally to infect the temporomandibular joint.
3-D reconstruction of a rabbit with a bulging eyeball. Other images from this CT revealed a large pocket of infection behind the eye secondary to an infected tooth root under the eye.