CT Case Studies

CT Scan for Buddy the Cat

Buddy is a 12-year-old black cat who came to OREV after being diagnosed with a hemangiosarcoma in the neck region. Hemangiosarcoma is a cancer created by cells that typically form blood vessels. It is invasive, and can grow into surrounding structures.

A CT scan of the head/neck was recommended to determine the extent of cancer in the neck region and determine if surgery was possible. In addition, we completed a CT scan of the chest and abdomen to rule out metastasis (spread of cancer through the bloodstream) to the lungs and other internal organs.

The results told us the stage (the full extent of cancer in the body) of Buddy's hemangiosarcoma and determined the most effective treatment for his cancer.

CT Scan for Alfred the Dog

Alfred, a young giant breed dog, came to OREV after having a persistent intermittent forelimb lameness. Exam findings revealed elbow sensitivity, and radiographs showed subtle signs of changes in the elbows. We suspected elbow dysplasia, a hereditary condition causing abnormal growth that affects the elbows. A CT scan of the elbows was recommended to determine whether elbow dysplasia was present, assess the extent of the condition, and tentatively plan surgical treatment.

The CT scan we performed revealed elbow dysplasia in both elbows, with medial coronoid disease (a common component of elbow dysplasia) present. Furthermore, it showed that the right elbow had a fragmented coronoid, and the left elbow had a fissuring of the coronoid. The information was valuable in understanding Alfred's condition, and it allowed us to hone the minimally-invasive arthroscopic surgery that we implemented for Alfred.