10 Reasons Your Practice Is Missing The Boat on a Veterinary CT Scanner

March 11, 2015

Many general practice veterinarians haven’t even considered purchasing a modality device such as CT. This is likely because advanced imaging devices, such as CT are often perceived to be an unobtainable option because of cost and space requirements, with limited applications. In the past, that was correct. Fast-forward to 2015, and the incredible advances we’ve seen in technology. 


Think about the cell phone you were using a decade ago. It probably looked something like this:

Much like cell phones, which are now “smart” phones, CT devices have also made great advances and are now better, more useful, and more affordable than ever before. Veterinarians are often surprised when they actually see how far the technology has come- and realize CT is affordable and obtainable.


The fact is, the quality of any veterinarian’s diagnostic equipment impacts the diagnoses and treatment plan: for better or worse.   


10 reasons you should consider CT for your veterinary practice:


1.     Affordability: There are advanced imaging devices available today that are affordable. There are HD CT (High-Definition Computed Tomography) devices on the market today that provide ultra high resolution with very low radiation – and at a fraction of the cost of standard CT.

2.     Increased Capabilities: Modern day CT models are available as “multi-modality” devices –meaning not only can they perform CT, but can do fluoroscopy and digital x-ray. Your medical capabilities for diagnosis and treatment can be enormously expanded allowing better care and increased revenue.

3.     Increased Revenue and Saved Time: Today’s veterinary multi-modality CT has advantages over tradition digital x-ray – capable of shooting digital x-ray of any anatomy- at any angle. Think about the possibilities for a moment… one example is utilizing the system for dental exams. Take full mouth dental x-rays in a matter of a seconds. If your practice completes 4 or more dental exams per week, at a cost of $200, your practice can afford CT.

4.     Peace of Mind: Bumper to bumper service contracts can be purchased on a high-definition system, for around the cost of (1) extra CT case per month – which is a fraction of the cost with a conventional CT.

5.     Safer = Cheaper: Because of the massive reduction in radiation on modern CT, that means, expensive build-outs with lead shielding and special cooling are no longer necessary.

6.     Quality of Care: Better images = better diagnostics. With 3D software onboard, you’re guaranteed to see things you wouldn’t see with standard 2D x-ray.

7.     Grow your Practice: Modern day veterinary multi-modality CT that can scan any size patient can make it much easier market your practice and to attract and hire doctors .

8.     Fits in Your Building: The size of CT has also changed, and gotten smaller. Requiring much less space than traditional CT. Devices can fit in spaces as small as 7’x10.’ Mobile devices are available and made to fit through a standard 36” doorway.

9.     Usable by Anyone: Today’s CT devices have been designed with easy to use, simple interfaces and intuitive workflows, making learning and training on these devices a breeze.  If you want a radiologist to read a study for you, a written report is a couple mouse clicks away. 

10.  Your Clients: Having the ability to show your clients clear, easy to understand, high resolution images helps clients understand their pets health issues and aids them in making better decisions regarding their pets healthcare. As the saying goes – “a picture is worth a thousand words.” It’s easier to convince Ms. Smith that her Labrador swallowed a rubber ducky and needs surgery to remove it, when she can actually see a 3D image of the rubber ducky in her pet’s abdomen.


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