Our modern digital radiography suite is available for use 24 hours a day. Our powerful x-ray machine can image any pet from a small reptile or bird to the largest St Bernard.
Because we see so many chest cases, our machine has to be capable of taking very fast exposures. The x-ray table has specific attachments for accurate positioning which is so important for examinations such as films taken for the BVA/Kennel Club Hip Dysplasia Scheme.
To comply with Health and Safety Regulations, patients are not held for x-rays, and so films are usually taken under anaesthetic or sedation, unless this would be life-threatening. Accurate positioning is vital for high quality diagnostic films. Do talk to us about sedation for routine x-rays such as for the BVA/ Kennel Club Hip Dysplasia Scheme. Unlike a human hospital, there are no waiting lists for operations or x-rays, so if your pet requires an x-ray, we can usually offer an appointment within a week or two of our recommendation.
Mill House Referrals Imaging Service
In addition to digital x-ray and ultrasonography, we now have a Siemens CT scanner on site.
We carry out our CT scans under anaesthetic or sedation and your pet can come home the same day.
A CT scan has a number of advantages over x-rays.
1) It gives much more detailed information, for example nodules in the lungs are picked up much earlier on CT scan (when they are 1-2mm) compared with x-rays when they need to be much larger for detection (5-7mm).
2) Images can be generated very quickly reducing the anaesthetic or sedation time
3) 3D images can be generated and it eliminates superimposition
4) Very small differences in density can be differentiated on CT leading to superior quality images.
We are able to report back CT images with 4-6 hours for an emergency. The standard turnaround time is 4 working days.
We will often use a contrast agent when we are scanning to improve the soft tissue detail. In most cases this is very safe but if your pet has underlying heart or kidney disease we may advise that we do not perform contrast studies.
What conditions is CT commonly used for?
- Elbow and joint assessments
- Ear disease
- Ocular disease
- Nasal problems
- Lung and chest problems
- Screening patients for spread of cancer
- Spinal problems
- Complex fracture assessments