Here at Caledon Mountain Veterinary Hospital, we are fortunate enough to have access to advanced imaging services. Most notably our on site CT scanner. CT scanner also known as a computed tomography scan or as a CAT scan (computerized axial tomography scan), is an imaging modality that uses sophisticated computer software to compile and organize hundreds of x-rays that are taken from multiple angles and put together to form a 3-dimensional image of the object we are studying. In this case our beloved companion animals!
Due to our high case load of orthopedic procedures, our CT scanner is specialized for the diagnosis and surgical planning of orthopedic conditions; from joint conditions to bone cancers, and lesions to angular limb deformities. Not only can our CT scanner help us with orthopedic conditions it is also great for conditions of the mouth, nose and face and to a certain extent for thoracic and abdominal studies.
One of the most fascinating and crucial applications our CT scanner is used for is the surgical planning and treatment of angular limb deformities. Angular limb deformities are conditions that usually appear in young patients that have suffered trauma to their growth plates.The most common angular limb deformity we see involves the front limbs at the level of the distal radius and ulna (compared to humans our hands and wrist). For this condition we can perform a CT scan of the whole limb and by using 3-dimensional rendering, we can make a 3D model of the limb. Those scans can then be utilized by our 3D printer to print a to-scale-model of the limb which will aid Dr. John in his pre-surgical planning and measurements. In addition to helping pre-plan surgery, Dr. John can actually perform the surgery first on the model to ensure a perfect surgical outcome for the patient. You have all heard the saying measure twice cut once, and with the help of our CT scanner and 3D printing capabilities we can not not only measure twice but can also cut twice or as many times needed to ensure the best possible surgical correction and outcome before a patient is ever under the knife.
For our referring veterinarian who would like to schedule a CT scan with us for their patients, we happily would like to accommodate as best we can. We ask that you give us a call with the patient information and the type of condition you would like the CT scan to be used for.We will then pass this informations to one of our doctors who will formulate an appropriate CT protocol for your patient and relay this information back to you in order to schedule a scan.