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Diagnostic imaging on your doorstep

Brentknoll Veterinary Centre is leading the way in diagnostic imaging in Worcestershire with our onsite 64-slice Toshiba Aquillon CT scanner and onsite diagnostic imager.

Our scanning facilities are available 5 days a week and are a permanent fixture, unlike some visiting mobile units used at other practices.

CT has huge advantages to traditional imaging techniques like X-rays and Ultrasound;

  • Superior diagnostic capabilities are due to our helical 64-slice machine. Our CT takes numerous images (or slices) per second and is more comparable to the high-quality machines used in human medicine when compared to 8 or 16-slice CT scanners, which are more common in the veterinary industry.
  • The higher number of slices provides higher-resolution images, which allows us to create real-life, 3-D illustrations of animal anatomy. These structures provide fantastic detail, meaning improvements in diagnosis and treatment planning are possible.
  • The 64-slice CT scanner gathers more information in less time, therefore exposing our patients to less radiation than the smaller-slice scan machines. Less radiation is, of course, always the safest option.

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What Cases benefit from CT scanning?

  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Spinal diseases, including lumbosacral disease
  • Nasal and Airway disease
  • Pulmonary and mediastinal disease
  • Peri-Ocular disease
  • Middle Ear Disease
  • Some musculoskeletal problems
  • Fracture management
  • Portosystemic shunts
  • Abdominal and thoracic neoplasia
  • Oncology – establishing tumour margins and metastatic disease
  • Angiograms for cardiac flow diseases
  • Some brain disease

The above are just a few examples of how CT greatly aids diagnosis; CT is an incredibly powerful tool and provides valuable information for a very wide variety of disorders that conventional systems can not reveal easily.

Case study: CT Scan helped dog owner spot a rare disease 'cholesteatoma'

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Sargent was experiencing many ear infections that keep coming back and he was in a lot of discomfort and pain which even affected his jaw. The next option for Sargent was to have a CT scan to diagnose what was going on. Rikki, our Clinical Director, performed a CT, which showed Sargent had a very rare case called cholesteatoma, which meant major surgery with our soft tissue surgeon was needed; some may know it as TECA surgery.

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Arrange a referral to our CT department

Do you have a case that could benefit from a CT scan? We offer appointments on both a first opinion and referral basis.

If you would like to arrange a CT Scan Referral case, please complete our referral form below. Alternatively, call and speak to our referrals nurse at 01905 355938.

Onsite facilities include:

  • HD video Flexible Endoscopy and Bronchoscopy, Ridged rhinoscopy & arthroscopy
  • Advance Ultrasound Machine (MylabX7VET) with touch-screen display
  • Phillips IE 33 Colour Doppler ultrasound 1-12MHz probes. NHS standard
  • 6-channel portable ECG
  • Holter Monitors for 24-48 hour ECG Monitoring
  • Doppler and oscillometric blood pressure monitoring
  • CT Toshiba 64 slice with onsite Diagnostic imager
  • In-house Referral Service in Diagnostic Imaging, Cardiology, Orthopaedics, soft tissue and ophthalmic surgery.
  • Laparoscopy (keyhole) surgery kit
  • Rehabilitation Centre with onsite chiropractic, hydrotherapy, underwater incline Treadmill & Class VI laser unit
  • Regenerative medicine. We have the only veterinary-approved Companion Regenerative Therapies (CRT) System, including platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and bone marrow aspirate concentrate (BMAC).
  • Separate cat, dog & exotic hospitalisation wards for overnight care of weekday patients

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What to expect from a Referral:

After receiving a referral request from the referring vet (either by email, fax or phone), our referral nurse will ensure we have the relevant history, referral letter and client information. We will then contact the client directly to arrange a suitable appointment time. 

Referrals begin with a 30-minute appointment to fully examine the patient and discuss treatment plans thoroughly with the pet owner. A detailed Referral report, including findings, results and treatment recommendations, will be sent via email to your Primary Care Provider. The report is then discussed with you via your Primary Care Provider.

If follow-up procedures are required with ourselves, we will advise your Primary Care Provider of this within your pet’s reports. If you would like a copy of the report, this can be requested from us or your primary care provider. 

Referral Online

To arrange a referral at Brentknoll Veterinary Centre, please complete our online referral form below or call us at 01905 355938. We look forward to meeting you and your pet!

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