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As part of our commitment to providing advanced services to our patients, we have two pet CT scanners within the Animal Trust group. CT scanning is an advanced imaging technique that accompanies our X-Ray and Ultrasound imaging services. We offer CT scanning at both our Bolton and Ellesmere Port surgeries. 

In both locations, we use Epica Vimago CT scanners which have been specifically engineered for the veterinary patient. The scanners use 60 – 90% less radiation than typical CT scanners and can offer greater image quality.

What are CT scans used for? 

Pet CT scans provide us with a complete 3D picture of the inside of an animal’s body. The procedure is non-invasive and is exceptionally useful when diagnosing a variety of conditions as a scan shows the shape, size, density and texture of an animal’s bones and organs. 

When assessing more complex conditions, including soft tissue or orthopaedic injuries and any other internal abnormalities, CT scanning supports us in determining the exact cause of a condition and prevents delay to a patient’s treatment. 

What conditions can a CT scan help? 

CT scanning is used alongside our other imaging services, X-ray and Ultrasound and is paramount when diagnosing more complex conditions and advanced orthopaedic injuries. A CT scan can help support with pre and post-surgery care for conditions including: 

  • Bone injuries and advanced fractures, including spinal conditions 
  • Orthopaedic injuries (Cruciate disease, patella luxation, hip dysplasia and total hip replacement) 
  • Soft tissue (Tumours, chest, nasal and abdomen) 

What happens during a CT scan? 

Your pet may have been examined by one of our vets, or you may have been referred to us from another veterinary practice. Either way, if your pet has been recommended to undergo a CT scan, here is what to expect.

A full CT scan of an animal typically takes between 5 – 15 minutes depending on the area being scanned. The vet will recommend the best anaesthetic restraint for the patient prior to the scan commencing and this can either be sedation or a general anaesthetic. 

Throughout the duration of the CT scan, every patient is fully monitored. Once a scan is complete, the patient will be left to recover under the supervision of a veterinary nurse. Typically, animals are able to return home the same day. 

How long do CT Scan results take to come back? 

Following a CT scan, the data obtained will be used to form a series of 3D images. A full report usually takes around 3 days and one of our vets will contact you to talk over the results and next steps of your pet’s care. 

If you have been referred to us from another vet for a CT scan, the results can be shared directly with your chosen surgery. 

How much does a CT scan for cats or dogs cost?

We offer one cost for our CT scanning service, which is inclusive of anaesthetic costs so there are no hidden extras. See our prices page for more information.

Patients across the Animal Trust group can access our CT scanning services if required by one of our vets. Similarly, we treat patients from other vets on a referral basis. 

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