When To Call Us

A quick reference guide.

There are many indications for using CT scans for diagnostic evaluations in animals. Use this as a quick reference guide for when to call and schedule our mobile CT unit at your hospital, clinic, or zoo.


  • Chronic nasal discharge – polyps vs neoplasia vs fungal vs foreign body
  • Chronic otitis – masses, otitis media
  • Facial trauma
  • Ocular disease
  • Oral masses
  • Dental disease

Thoracic Disease

  • Thoracic disease
  • Metastatic check
  • Pleural effusions
  • Pneumothorax – pulmonary bullae
  • Mediastinal/heart base masses
  • Lung lobe torsions


  • Head – including the brain
  • Neck and head – thyroid/sialoceles/parathyroid
  • Abdominal – what/where is the mass – surgical planning – is it operable?
  • Body wall – vaccine sarcomas/invasive lipomas – surgical planning
  • Bone – cancer vs osteomyelitis vs cysts vs proliferative diseases

Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD)

  • Cervical, TL, LS (cauda equina)
  • Good for chondrodysplastic breeds (Dachshund); less so with French Bulldogs
  • No myelogram as it’s usually not necessary

Trauma (whole body)

  • Excellent for defining skull/facial, rib, and pelvic fractures which can be extremely difficult to define on radiographs
  • Source of hemoabdomen – liver/spleen

Abdominal Disease

  • Pancreatitis/adrenal disease/hepatobiliary disease – mucoceles, biliary obstructions
  • Metastasis that can be missed on ultrasound due to body conformation or gas

PSS and Other Vascular Anomalies

  • Gold standard (vs ultrasound/nuclear scintigraphy)

Abdominal Foreign Body

Elbow Dysplasia

  • UAC/incongruity/fragmented (medial) coronoid process
  • (FCP)/radioulnar incongruity/osteochondrosis

Ectopic Ureters

  • We deliver diagnostic services so that veterinarians can make a better diagnosis and provide better care.

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