CT – Computer tomography
Computer tomography is a cross-sectional imaging technique that creates three-dimensional images of the areas of the body requiring examination. It is a diagnostic imaging method that is based on the attenuation of X-rays, which are detected and converted to relative density, values (Hounsfield units). It is often used when no diagnosis can be made by clinical examination, normal X-ray or ultrasound. A short lasting general anaesthesia is necessary during the examination.
By administration of iodine-containing contrast agents, tissue contrast can be significantly improved. Such additional examination is often used in the case of tumour diagnosis. The administration of contrast medium into the subarachnoid space (myelo-CT), however, can also significantly improve the diagnosis of herniated discs.
Applications of modern computer tomography are spine examinations (herniated disc), diagnosis of suspected elbow dysplasia (ED), diseases of the nose and ear, tumours and many diseases of the brain in particular.
At Tierklinik Elversberg a new Spiral-CT from Siemens is used for computer tomographic scans. The examination times in this modern machine are very short, so a long, stressful anaesthesia can be avoided. The studies and analyses of the scans are performed by experienced veterinarians (further training in diagnostic imaging) and in special cases, with assistance of specialists from the University Hospital in Gießen.