Animal Emergency & Specialty Center welcomes new addition

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How do we continue to offer state-of-the-art care? Through building an incredible team of specialists, veterinarians, and staff, constantly learning and training, and adding new or updated technology to our repertoire of diagnostic and treatment tools. Enter our new GE LightSpeed CT scanner!

This CT scanner replaces our current model and offers increased precision and diagnostic capability.

What does a CT scanner do?
A CT scan – which stands for computer tomography scan and is sometimes called a CAT scan – takes computer-processed combinations off many X-ray measurements from different angles to produce cross-sectional (tomographic) images of specific areas of a scanned subject. These angles are called virtual “slices.” Our new machine is a 16 slice CT scanner.

Essentially, CT allows our technicians and doctors to see inside your pet without cutting.

How do we use our CT scanner?
A CT scan allows our doctors to better evaluate complex body parts, such as the head, abdomen, joints, and various internal organs. “This machine helps scan different levels of tissue density, and produces a more detail image than our simple X-ray table can,” said Paul Moore, Animal Emergency & Specialty Center of Knoxville’s hospital administrator.

With CT, we can evaluate the abdomen and thorax for staging of neoplasia (the presence of an abnormal growth), assess masses pre-surgery, and conduct vascular studies. We also can evaluate the skull/cervical spine for nasal disease, thyroid, masses, and trauma. We can conduct musculoskeletal evaluations and evaluate limb deformities, tumors, and bone fractures. Best of all, a CT scan takes only a couple of minutes, meaning we can quickly evaluate your four-legged family member and form a treatment plan.

“This will obviously help our specialists in their various fields to provide better diagnostics as they are developing treatment plans for our valued clients’ fur babies,” Moore said.

Veterinary criticalist Natasha Hodgson at AESC