CT (Computed Tomography)
CT (a.k.a. CAT — computer aided tomography) is used primarily to detect changes in bone or soft tissue that may be difficult to detect on traditional radiographs.
When is CT Useful?
CT scans can provide a great amount of information useful in the diagnosis and treatment of equine leg and foot lameness including evaluation of soft tissue injuries such as ligament tears and cartilage lesions, as well as micro fractures in bone. It is also beneficial for evaluating equine head injuries such as skull fractures, sinus and dental problems, bone cysts and bone infections.
How it's Done and How it Works
CT uses advanced computer processing to combine multiple radiographs (x-ray images), creating highly detailed, 3D reconstructions of the horse’s anatomy. A standard CT scan provides excellent bone detail, and when enhanced with the addition of special contrast media, 3D imaging of joint cartilage, the spinal cord and soft tissue structures can also be obtained. Fluoroscopy is available with the push of a button.
Our Epica Pegaso CT scanner, designed to help keep equine patients calm and safe, was engineered specifically for horses. The moving gantry facilitates viewing of any orientation of the patient. Unlike traditional equine CT imaging, which requires general anesthesia, Pegaso’s flexible design allows scans of the horse’s entire head and neck or stifle, while standing — using only a light sedative.
CT scans are performed at our Salinas facility and can be arranged on an outpatient basis.