The Animal Neurology & Imaging Center (The ANIC), located within the Animal Medical & Surgical Center, has the advanced technology to perform CT scans to help diagnose neurological disorders in dogs and cats.
How CT Scans Work
Computerized tomography scans involve multiple X-rays taken from various angles. A computer compiles the images to produce a cross-section view of the area being scanned. Unlike a simple X-ray, CT scans produce more detailed images of anatomic structures.
The Diagnostic Potential of CT Scans
CT scans help the doctors at The ANIC see the nervous system of your pet without invasive methods. These scans may help our staff diagnose neurological conditions, such as:
- Congenital abnormalities
- Trauma (evidenced by fractures, tears, fluid pooling)
Because CT scans allow us to locate the problem in the nervous system, we can understand how the issue is affecting the rest of your pet’s body.
Your Pet’s Experience during a CT Scan
Unlike MRI, CT scans do not require general anesthesia. Your dog or cat will be sedated to help them relax throughout the procedure. Sedation does require 24-hour fasting (no food) and no water the morning of the procedure. A veterinary nurse is dedicated to monitoring your pet’s vitals to ensure their safety and comfort throughout the CT scan and recovery.
Although CT scans are non-invasive tests, we do not perform them unless they are deemed necessary during a neurological examination. Contact us to schedule an appointment for your pet at our Phoenix clinic or talk to an on-call physician to determine if emergency services are necessary.