Last Lump Step = CT Scan !

This specialized test helps us see more than ever before !

Now we are waiting on a biopsy result & figuring out the best surgical plan for Russ.

Diagnostic imaging, like computerized tomography (CT), plays an essential role in the diagnosis & treatment of disease in human & veterinary medicine.

The advancements made in technology over the years have aided doctors in diagnosing & treating various conditions that they may not have been able to treat before.

A CT scan creates a detailed still image of your animal’s organs, bones & tissues. CT scans take only minutes 💨 to perform — making them great for emergencies — & do so by passing X-rays through the body to create images. A CT scan will show signs of a problem after the disease has begun to change the structure of the tissues or organs. After a CT scan, there is no radiation remaining in your pet’s body.

CT works by producing multiple individual images — sometimes called ‘slices’ — of the region of interest via X-rays & a computer. A common comparison to an image produced by a CT scanner is individual slices of bread that make up a complete loaf. The CT machine produces 2D slices of a section of your dog’s anatomy & then reconfigures them into a complete image we can view.

These slices can also be used to create 3D reconstructions, which can be very useful for things like surgical planning. Once the images are produced, they are sent to your vet or a veterinary specialist to review & interpret.