A CT scanner is a computer that processes X-rays and displays these images as very thin slices through specific parts of the body. The images are very detailed and provide more information than conventional X-rays. The computer can process the images and reconstruct a 3D image of the interior of the body.
A CT scan takes 10-15 minutes to perform, and during this time, pets must be under general anesthesia so that they remain still. During a typical CT scan, 100-200 digital images, or more for large dogs or large body areas being imaged, are produced. These images are sent over the internet to a veterinary radiologist for interpretation. A report from the radiologist is sent to us within minutes.